It lasted, but now Hungary's President Orban has apologised to members of the EPP, which he had called "useful idiots". In the last few weeks of the dig to the EU had become deeper and deeper.
Almost two weeks after the Hungarian President Viktor Orban, members of the European people's party (EPP) had referred to as the "useful idiots" of the Left, they followed the pardon of the heads of state. The news Agency Reuters quoted from a Letter to Orban:
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"I Hereby would like to Express my apologies if you felt attacked by my quote personally."
For weeks, the dispute between the EPP and Hungary's President is taking on ever sharper trains. Critics accuse Orban, by his style of leadership, the rule of law to undermine and weaken the freedom of media and expression in their own country.