Viktor Orban condemns MEP over ‘gay orgy’, Donald Tusk hints at expelling Fidesz from EPP

File photo. European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting prior to an Informal Summit of Heads of State or Government of the EU countries in Sibiu, Romania, 9 May 2019. [Pool/EPA/EFE]

Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orbán condemned an MEP from his Fidesz party on Wednesday who quit after attending an alleged “gay orgy”, while EPP chief Donald Tusk hinted Fidesz doesn’t belong the European central-right political family.

Orbán described the actions of MEP József Szájer as “unacceptable and indefensible” and said they had “no place in the values of our political family”, according to a statement from his office.

Szájer, a proponent of anti-LGBT measures, admitted on Tuesday he had taken part in a “private party” in Belgium and apologised for breaking coronavirus restrictions.

Caught in gay 'sex party' in Brussels, Fidesz MEP resigns

Hungarian MEP József Szájer apologised on Tuesday (1 December) following reports that he was caught trying to flee what was described as a 25-man gay orgy last Friday that was shut down by Brussels police for breaching COVID restrictions on large gatherings.

“While Fidesz politicians are teaching us about Christianity, family, traditional gender roles and morality, they are actually living a completely different life, as far away as possible from the values they voice,” leader of the DK opposition party Ferenc Gyurcsány said.

According to Belgian media, the gathering Szájer went to was a sex party attended by 25 naked men.

“Suddenly my whole living room was full of cops,” the organiser of the party told the Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper.

“They immediately started shouting: ‘Identity card! Now!’ But we weren’t even wearing pants, how in God’s name could we quickly conjure up our identity card?”

LGBT misery in Hungary

Belgian prosecutors say Szájer was spotted fleeing the gathering along a gutter and that narcotics were found in his backpack.

The revelations are particularly embarrassing for the 59-year-old lawyer as he played a key role in pushing Fidesz’s conservative agenda, helping to rewrite on his iPad the constitution that contains a clause defining marriage as being “a union of one man and one woman”.

'iPad constitution' poses challenge to Hungary

The new Hungarian constitution will be ready on 15 March and will be adopted a month later, its main author, centre-right MEP József Szájer – who wrote part of it on his iPad – told EURACTIV in an interview. The country's opposition claims the procedure for adopting the new constitution is illegitimate and the controversy could impact upon the Hungarian EU Presidency.

“While he was enjoying himself in LGBT-friendly Brussels, he made life for LGBT people in Hungary miserable,” tweeted Szabolcs Panyi, a journalist for the Direkt36 investigative site.

Szájer’s fall from grace comes shortly after Orbán lost two other key players in his Europe policy, MEP Gyorgy Schopflin and adviser Peter Gottfried.

“These people will be missing from very important meetings and won’t be able to convey information back home,” says Zoltan Lakner, analyst and owner of the independent Jelen weekly.

Hungary is already fighting fires in Brussels after it joined Poland to veto the EU’s budget and coronavirus rescue plan because of proposals to link funds to the rule of law.

At the same time, another Fidesz MEP is ruffling feathers in the party’s European Parliament grouping, the European People’s Party (EPP).

Tamas Deutsch caused uproar by comparing EPP parliamentary leader Manfred Weber, who is German, with the Gestapo.

Some 30 MEPs from the bloc have demanded Deutsch be excluded from the grouping.

EPP President Donald Tusk suggested on Wednesday that Fidesz should be cast out of the grouping, tweeting: “What else should Fidesz do for all of you to see that they simply don’t fit in with our family?”

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