Fidesz satellite party complains Tusk invited opposition leader to join EPP

Tusk said that the EPP welcomes Péter Márki-Zay and they agreed that the Polish and Hungarian opposition are in a very similar situation. [EPA-EFE / ADAM WARZAWA - POLAND OUT]

Ruling Fidesz’s minority coalition partner, the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP), wrote a letter expressing its concerns to Donald Tusk, President of the European People’s Party (EPP), about the meeting with the Hungarian opposition’s joint candidate for Prime Minister, independent small-town mayor Péter Márky-Zay, in Warsaw on Thursday, Telex reported via national news agency MTI.

KDNP is Fidesz’s junior coalition partner, considered a satellite party by many. It has 16 out of the 199 seats in the Hungarian legislative and one MEP in the European Parliament. The two parties form a close partnership and rarely take different political positions.

However, KDNP stayed part of the centre-right EPP political family even after Fidesz left in spring this year, after years of disagreements with the conservative group, which was preparing to vote on their suspension.

Analysts speculated Fidesz allowed KDNP to stay in EPP to have first-hand insights into the workings of the political family.

Tusk and Péter Márki-Zay, the conservative independent mayor of Hódmezővásárhely who has been elected to run as the joint prime ministerial candidate of the opposition in next year’s general elections, held a joint press conference after their meeting. Tusk said that the EPP welcomes Péter Márki-Zay and they agreed that the Polish and Hungarian opposition are in a very similar situation, facing similar opponents, and must stick together, Telex reported.

Last week, Hungarian government chief spokesperson minister Gergely Gulyás said that there is no legal entity around Márki-Zay that the EPP could admit since the MM is not a party. The minister also noted that the KDNP could, in principle, veto any future membership.

The KDNP has now written a letter to Tusk saying that the Hungarian opposition is a political opponent of the KDNP, a member party of the EPP and that this opposition and its candidate are constantly denigrating the KDNP.

Fidesz’s coalition partner also complained that Tusk was negotiating with a man who does not have his own party but is the candidate of a political platform including Jobbik, considered an openly anti-Semitic, far-right party in Hungary.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | with Telex)

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