Orban's Fidesz party vows to remain in EPP

The party will even take down its anti-Brussels billboards to avoid expulsion from the EPP

Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff Gergely Gulyas insisted on Thursday that Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party does not intend to quit European People’s Party (EPP). “Fidesz is a member of the European People’s Party and it wants to remain a member of it,” Gulyas said.

He also made a promise to take down all the anti-Brussels billboards which were part of Fidesz's campaign for the upcoming EU elections in May.

“The government has approved the plan about the protection of families, so from next week, these billboards will be on display,” Gulyas said, but declined to respond about their place in the later stages of the campaign.

His words came shortly after the campaign's stance prompted the EU Parliament’s main center-right group to threaten Fidesz with expulsion from its ranks if no "immediate and permanent end to Orban’s anti-EU campaigns" is put and no apology to EPP member parties is delivered.
The announcement, however, came as a controversy since it was delivered at the same day Hungary’s main pro-government Magyar Nemzet Daily was urging Orban’s Fidesz to quit the EPP, claiming it had abandoned its formative values and “could not be differentiated from the socialists or liberals”.

“The time has come for Fidesz to stop the humiliating haggling with the European People’s Party,” the paper said and suggested Fidesz to join forces with European nationalists instead.

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