According to Le Monde, the majority in the European People’s Party (EPP) considers Fidesz a “difficult” member, but for tactical reasons the exclusion is not on the agenda. The Germans want to keep Viktor Orban in the party family, because for them he is the proof of the “East-West unity”, the French newspaper writes.
The EPP has become fragile and fragmented because of the “rise of extreme right populists in Eastern Europe and Italy”, Cécile Ducourtieux writes. So far the EPP has managed to keep its leading role in the European Parliament, but since Mariano Rajoy lost his position in Spain, panic has erupted in the party family. Alain Lamassoure, an MEP of the French Republicans, said it’s unlikely that his party will have more MEPs in the next EP than Fidesz.
According to the author, Orban has become a model for the European extreme right, and the goal of the EPP is to hold back these forces.