The tension between the European People’s Party (EPP) and Hungary’s Fidesz party is much more than a spat or the end of the political alliance between EPP President Donald Tusk and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
The EPP, often described as a center-right party, has become the embodiment of the left-wing consensus in the EU. The once-mighty Christian democratic force has now swallowed cultural Marxism hook, line and sinker. The results have been disastrous as the parties within the European Parliament coalition continue to hemorrhage support from voters.
Hungary’s Fidesz has taken a different, conservative approach, and has been rewarded at the voting booth with a two-thirds majority in parliament.
Cooperation with the German CDU/CSU, participation in the EPP and close relations between Orbán and Tusk played a key role in securing Hungary’s independent course within the EU.
Hungary was already charting a different course when it received the Polish Catholic right in Budapest with full honors in 2012 after we expressed solidarity with Hungary.