The conflict between Fidesz and the European People’s Party (EPP) is almost a tragedy, Werner J. Patzelt, campaign manager of the CDU in Saxony, political science professor at Technische Universitat Dresden, told Magyar Hírlap, adding that it’s very important for non-leftist parties to stay together, despite the pressure of the left-wing media and parties.
Patzelt said that Germany’s CDU is under fire by the media, but despite the critical remarks they make about Fidesz in public, the majority in the party wants to have good relations with the Hungarian government.
According to Patzelt, the CDU “has its date with reality”, the alliance has realised that the time when right-wing voters had no other choice but the Union-parties is over. The federal elections in 2017 showed that they have to count with the AfD and now the CDU/CSU wants to regain the trust of the voters who left them for the AfD. He added that it seems CDU’s new president, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is not simply a copy of Angela Merkel and there are several political disagreements between them.
“I wouldn’t bet on it,” the professor said when asked whether Merkel will complete her term, because the SPD is likely to break the coaliton by the end of this year.
Werner J. Patzelt spoke at the MCC Summit on Migration in Budapest, organised by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium.
Source: Hungary Journal