The European People’s Party (EPP), an umbrella grouping of right-wing and centre right parties in the European parliament has launched a process to exclude Hungary’s Fidesz, the governing party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
“Twelve EPP member parties from 9 countries have asked for the exclusion or suspension of Fidesz. This is the question that will be discussed at the political meeting on March 20th. The decision belongs to all members of the EPP and I can not anticipate the outcome of the discussion, ” said the party’s president, the French Joseph Daul.
The advertising campaign showed Soros and Juncker accompanied by the slogan: “You also have the right to know what Brussels is preparing.”
The text continues: “They want to introduce the compulsory resettlement quota [of migrants] , weaken the rights of Member States to defend their borders; facilitate immigration by means of a migrant visa.”
The conspiracy campaign provoked indignant reactions even within the ranks of Germany’s CDU, the most powerful party within the EPP, which had hitherto been muted in its condemnation of Orban. “I fully support [Mr. Juncker], we stand in solidarity and we will say it loud and clear in our talks with Hungary,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
In October 2018, Mr Juncker had said in an interview with the German daily Die Welt, that “Orban [has] no place in the EPP”.
“While I respect the man, I see a lot of incompatibilities between his words and the Christian-democratic values on which the EPP family is based,” Juncker said.