Memorandum: Orban calls for EPP reform

Prime Minister Viktor Orban called for a debate within the European People’s Party on the future of the EPP in a memorandum sent to the leaders of the grouping, on Tuesday. In the memo, shared by ruling Fidesz’s deputy leader Katalin Novak on Facebook, Orban said members of the centre-right grouping had played an active and important role in European public discourse from the outset. … Continue reading Memorandum: Orban calls for EPP reform

Orban in phone talks with Trump

Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday had talks with US President Donald Trump by phone, the PM’s press chief told MTI. Orban and Trump discussed foreign policy issues such as the importance of combatting illegal migration and border protection, Bertalan Havasi said. The two leaders also touched on the situation in the Middle East, he said, adding that Trump had asked Orban to relay his … Continue reading Orban in phone talks with Trump

Govt to start new national consultation

The government has clear positions on the issues that sparked heated public debates over the past few months but seeks strong backing from society to represent them in the international arena and at home, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday commenting on an upcoming “national consultation” survey. Gergely Gulyas cited the examples of compensation payments to Roma in Gyongyospata, a procedure … Continue reading Govt to start new national consultation

Orban: Economic success prerequisite for conservative policy

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, addressing a conference on conservatism in Rome on Tuesday, said economic success was a prerequisite for conservative policy. Achieving economic success is the only way for nationally minded conservative and Christian democratic leaders to “survive”, Orban told a podium discussion at the National Conservatism Conference. But if a conservative political leader makes a mistake and economic indicators fall as a result, … Continue reading Orban: Economic success prerequisite for conservative policy

Orban: Positions on EU budget still far apart

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said stands on the European Union’s next seven-year budget are still far apart after a meeting of the heads of government of the “Friends of Cohesion” group in Beja, Portugal, on Saturday. “We’re at the start of the debate, and the stands are still far apart,” Orban said. He said European economic policy had been “ruined” in Brussels in recent years, … Continue reading Orban: Positions on EU budget still far apart