As the first Christian Democrat party leader, Luxembourg's CSV leader Frank Engel has demanded that the Hungarian ruling party Fidesz be excluded from the European People's Party (EPP). The party of Hungary's head of government Viktor Orban must "out of the EPP, right now. Such an association has lost nothing in the EPP," said Engel world, The Hungarian government had earlier in a media campaign attacked, among others, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
A European election campaign with Fidesz in the EPP would be an "unreasonable burden" for all, said the leader of the Christian Social People's Party (CSV) and MEPs from Luxembourg. Fidesz has become "an anti-European party whose chairman runs a policy of hatred from his obsession with George Soros." The poster campaign in Hungary was also directed against the Hungarian-born US billionaire George Soros. Orbán accuses him of promoting illegal migration.
The EPP is the merger of conservative parties in the European Parliament. Also CDU and Christian Social Union belong to the EPP. Union leaders criticized Fidesz's media campaign but did not call for their exclusion from the EPP. Manfred Weber (CSU), the EPP's leading candidate for the European elections at the end of May, warned Orbán that he had to move further and further away from the EPP. He said that South German newspaperParts of Orbán's State of the Union address and campaign against Juncker would have "created great incomprehension and annoyance in the EPP." He considers "some formulations unacceptable".
"The recent statements by Viktor Orbán are unacceptable," said CSU boss Markus Söder Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The prime minister must show whether he still wants to belong to the EPP. So far, the CSU had a good relationship with Orbán.
CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer threatened in mirror with a break in regular talks with the Fidesz party. Should the dialogue fail to produce a common understanding of the EPP's goals, "the format would not make sense and would therefore end". Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) stressed that Juncker has her full solidarity.