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MEP Deutsch: Manfred Weber suffers from ‘political Stockholm syndrome’

In an exclusive interview with Hungarian news portal azonnali.hu following the European Parliament’s decision to adopt the Sargentini Report, Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch talked about the questionable circumstances of the vote and explained why he thinks the EPP group leader suffers from ‘political Stockholm syndrome’.

Recently, the European Parliament adopted a resolution based on the so-called Sargentini Report condemning Hungary. According to MEP Tamás Deutsch, the outcome of the vote violates rules laid out in the founding treaties of the European Union. The document is factually unfounded, full of obvious distortions and influenced by a strong anti-Hungary bias,…

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September 24, 2018

European People's Party

Bundestag VP: “The EP mistrusts Hungarians”

The adoption of the Sargentini Report in the European Parliament (EP) demonstrates mistrust towards Hungarian people, said Bundestag VP Hans-Peter Friedrich following the plenary vote on the EP’s report condemning Hungary.

In an interview with Hungarian state media, the Bavarian Christian Social Union politician emphasized that even though “a great majority” of Hungarian people have put their trust in the government, the EP demonstrated mistrust towards PM Orbán’s government. “Therefore,” Friedrich said, “this carries the message of mistrust towards Hungarian voters and Hungarian democracy.” According to the German MP, this is a “very bad” development. He was disappointed by the…

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September 24, 2018

European People's Party

The European Parliament committed a huge mistake

Following the EP vote on the controversial Sargentini Report last week, a diverse group of influential politicians raised their voices in protest against condemning Hungary.

“By punishing Hungary, the EP has committed one of its biggest mistakes to date,” the German CDU’s Arnold Vaatz said, adding that he regrets that many of his fellow party members participated in “the orchestrated offense against Hungary.” According to Vaatz, the effect of the EP’s decision will be devastating, as eastern member states are increasingly looking for ways to turn away from the EU without major financial losses.

Petr Fiala, Vice-President of the Czech Republic’s…

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September 24, 2018

European People's Party

PM Orbán: Europe is full up, external borders must be defended

A “mandatory migrant quota is out of the question,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán following a meeting on Tuesday with EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber. The prime minister emphasized that the response should focus on “ensuring that illegal migrants cannot gain entry to Hungary and the territory of the European Union.”

“We must state that when we are talking about migration on a European level, that Europe is full up,” said Prime Minister Orbán, cautioning that the mainstream ideas in the EU tend toward a resettlement-centered approach to managing the migration crisis. As an alternative, he said, the government…

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Editorial March 22, 2018

European People's Party

Look behind the curtain!

Europe is one of the richest and freest regions in the world. It is the talent and enduring diligence of the European people that made her like this. Colossal economic, social and cultural power. As a vanguard of global change for centuries, Europe has demonstrated her capacity for unprecedented and outstanding achievement.

Over the course of the past century the people of Europe – learning from their past tragedies – have demolished the obstacles that would prevent the continent from reaching its full potential. They overthrew the totalitarian dictatorships of national socialists and communists. They established the rule of law,…

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József Szájer January 4, 2018

European People's Party

Professor Steve Lukes’ letter to MEPs of the European People’s Party

I am gravely concerned about Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s assault on Hungarian democracy, an attack taking place in the heart of the European Community – and within the ranks of your own parliamentary group, the European People’s Party. (Read MEP József Szájer’s response here)

The European People’s Party claims to stand for responsibility, respect, solidarity and justice, and your group’s position paper on the ideal European social model rightly maintains that “populism must be eliminated within the EU.” The EPP’s continued toleration, from within, of a member of the European People’s Party who openly disdains the values the group…

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October 11, 2017

European People's Party

Response to Professor Steven Lukes’ letter to the MEPs of the European People’s Party (Part II)

In short, populism encompasses all those questions that certain people don’t want to talk about. It should come as no surprise then that, in our western world, politics, the press and media are suffering a sharp decline in popular trust. I am a democrat. The EPP is a democratic party, and the key to the decades of political success of its member parties – like CDU-CSU, Forza Italia, Les Republicains, Partido Popular or Fidesz – is that they always listen to the people. We haven’t pursued abstract doctrines but represented our voters, designed our policies in a pragmatic manner…

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József Szájer October 9, 2017

European People's Party

Response to Professor Steven Lukes’ letter to the MEPs of the European People’s Party (Part I)

Honorable Professor!

I read with a mixture of enthusiasm and wonder your letter to my colleagues about Hungary and the Central European University of Budapest, in which you state your concern for the integrity and values of the European People’s Party. I was enthusiastic because I am pleased that one of the key figures of the scientific world considered it important enough to issue a statement about us and offer us useful advice. After all, the EPP is the biggest and most influential actor in the European Parliament and European politics, so public attention is important to us. It is…

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József Szájer October 9, 2017

European People's Party

The hope for EU’s future is found in a Europe of strong nation states

Last week’s gathering of EU heads of state and government was convened to address some lofty questions – such as where Europe is headed as we prepare to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – and some practical business – such as electing a president of the European Council. Inevitably, Hungary’s new law on managing migration also came up.

Europe will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty in March, and it offers a timely moment to take a hard look at the direction the EU is taking. The EU, as Prime Minister Orbán said, needs…

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András Gyürk March 15, 2017

European People's Party

András Gyürk: Hungary continues to be public enemy number one

The present crisis only reassures us that the EU must find in national identities the resource that might strengthen its weakened legitimacy – said András Gyürk, MEP of Fidesz in an interview to Origo.

What do you expect from the upcoming European Council meeting?

I am not looking expecting miracles, but a change might begin in managing migration. My impression is that the effects of the referendum are about to unfold. What’s important is not EU leaders’ arrogant statements on the surface, but what is happening deep down. Brussels wants to avoid having referenda in other states at all costs….

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October 26, 2016