Ruling Fidesz and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will support the election of Manfred Weber as the lead candidate of the European People’s Party, of which Fidesz is a member, for the European parliamentary elections, Antal Rogán, the cabinet chief, said on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the EPP board heard two candidates for the post: former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb, who belongs to EPP‘s liberal arm, and current EPP group leader Manfred Weber, the deputy head of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, he said.
If the choice must be made between these two candidates,
Orbán will clearly support Weber and Fidesz will do the same at the EPP congress to be held in Helsinki in November where the lead candidate will be elected.
We are engaged in battle, but we are doing well
“We are engaged in battle, but we are doing well”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told journalists – arriving at the summit of the EPP in Brussels – in answer to a question related to migration and border protection.
Several journalists asked Mr Orbán about the possible expulsion of Fidesz from the European People’s Party. The Prime Minister said in reply: “We are the People’s Party”.
Regarding Brexit talks, Mr Orbán said the situation is complex, but they will do everything they can to reach a fair agreement.
The Prime Minister highlighted that they are focusing on the interests of the Hungarian people.
We need a Brexit which is good for Hungarians working in the United Kingdom, Mr Orbán added.
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