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Orban’s party suspended from European parliament bloc over ongoing feud with Brussels

Orban’s party suspended from European parliament bloc over ongoing feud with Brussels

Hungary’s ruling right-wing party Fidesz has been suspended from the center-right ‘European People’s Party’ bloc (EPP), as growing confrontation between Viktor Orban and EU leadership comes to a head in the European Parliament. After serious debate over Fidesz’ fate in the transnational EU bloc, the EPP has voted to suspend the party rather than kicking them out altogether as some had called for. While statements from Fidesz have suggested that they might quit the center-right bloc in case of a suspension, Orban struck a conciliatory tone at a press conference after the EPP vote, saying that they “voluntarily” agreed to suspend the party’s participation. In response to the creation of an independent commission reviewing the rule of law in Hungary, Orban has also appointed three officials, who will report to him on relations between the EPP and Fidesz.

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