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Conflict in the EPP : crisis talks with Orban ends without result

The trip to Budapest was for Weber a "last attempt". The top candidate of the European people's party (EPP) met on Tuesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. His party, Fidesz, could face expulsion from the EPP. Weber wanted to move him once again to relent. The conversation in Budapest is run in a constructive atmosphere, said the EPP's top candidate in the connection. "But the problems are not yet solved."

The EPP members would have to further discuss what decisions were now taken. At the same time, Weber stressed that the EPP have a clear set of values that should be respected by all, even by Fidesz. The national conservative ruling party had made with a poster campaign, sentiment against the EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

Weber Orban already before the crisis talks in Budapest an Ultimatum until the end of March, and formulated three conditions for a stay of the ruling Fidesz party in the EPP: The party must stop the Anti-Brussels campaign, the Hungarian government, and apologize. In addition, the EPP top candidate, demanded that Hungary ensures the continued operation of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. In Berlin, it is considered unlikely that Orban does not address these conditions.

More member parties call for expulsion of Fidesz

The increasingly illiberal trends in Hungary, including the actions of the government against non-government organisations and the factual prohibition of the CEU, will be seen for a long time, even in other conservative parties in Europe with concern. Twelve member parties of the EPP from nine countries – Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway – presented the request, Fidesz from the EPP to exclude or to suspend, at least, the membership.

the CDU and CSU did not join these motions. To the Germans, the Fidesz was able to party for a long leave. Particularly, the former CSU chief Horst Seehofer had held his protective Hand over Orban said in the Union. Today, Hungary's head of government can no longer count on such strong support from Germany, especially since talks with Orban's emissary as a difficult and confrontational. Orban called his critics recently, even "useful idiots" – another sign that he is not, apparently, to turn-in ready.

CDU politician Nick urges EPP to unity

"In the interest of the special relationship of Germany to Hungary, the CDU and CSU long tried to build in spite of all the differences in bridges and maintaining dialogue", said the CDU-Bundestag member Andreas Nick the daily mirror. The Hungary-Rapporteur of the Union group now points to the EPP member parties call for a suspension or the exclusion of Fidesz, and calls for unity. "For the German Christian Democrats, there can be no Option to ask this basic question against our longtime friends and partners, for example, from the Benelux countries and Scandinavia." Already a year ago, not had become clear that "Fidesz is no longer willing to take on the concerns of the EPP-partners in Europe, nor any consideration," said Nick.

A decision on the future use of Fidesz could fall in the coming week. On Wednesday, the EPP wants to discuss a possible exclusion of the right of national Hungarian party. However, there seems to be a new proposal to extend such a scenario to avert for the time being: for example, the EPP might initially send a Commission ("three-way") to Budapest. The proposal should be created in Berlin and Vienna, as a possible candidate for such a Commission, the former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel.

most of The Hungarian commentators were in front of Weber's Rounds safely in Budapest, Orban did not fear seriously. Only the liberal political scientist Tamas Szele believed that the EPP group had finally came to the conclusion that the damage was greater, when Orban's Fidesz to stay in their ranks. 42 members were threatened with their withdrawal from the faction, should Orban will not be thrown out, writes Szele, but does not mention a source for his Information. With Orban's people in the EPP group will succeed Weber also, to get the necessary votes from socialists and liberals to be elected Commission President, he says Szele.

Orban discussed in Poland with the Kaczynski

The newspaper "Magyar Nemzet", in a sense, Orban's Central organ, called on in the last week, the head of government in an editorial to the first step, from the EPP to leave and seek new allies. Orban, not "should tell you now Europe and the true European values", because the EPP have tabled an absurd Ultimatum.
Orban seemed far less determined and want to drive two tracks. On the one hand, he let his chief of staff, Gergely Gulyas explain Fidesz wants to remain in the EPP. The head of the government himself said on Sunday in Warsaw after a Meeting with PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski in an interview with the channel "Magyar Radio": "It may turn out that we need to do something New in Europe, and at the end of the dispute could not prove that our place is in the European people's party." Hungarian commentators believe that it is plausible that Orban leaves on its own Initiative, the EPP, if he can agree with Kaczynski on an Alliance.

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