Hungary’s Fidesz has been “attacked by pro-migration forces” within the European People’s Party, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told public Kossuth Radio on Friday morning.
In his interview, the prime minister insisted that those forces seek to “turn the whole EPP into an international pro-migration organisation” while “the Hungarians want to thwart that”.
“No compromise is possible when it comes to migration and protecting Christian culture,” Orbán said.
The prime minister said he has recently had talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EPP group leader Manfred Weber, and added that he would visit Poland on Sunday to attend a celebration of Poland’s NATO membership anniversary.
Orbán said he was seeking to “change, reform” the EPP so that “it also embraces anti-migration forces” but said that “this dispute might reveal that our place is not within the EPP but outside”.
“If it turns out that we need to come up with a new initiative in Europe, the first place we will have talks is Poland,” Orbán said, and noted that Poland’s Law and Justice party is not a member of the EPP.
Orbán also announced that Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki would address celebrations on Hungary’s March 15 national holiday in Budapest.
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