picture of Péter Márki-Zay and Donald Tusk

“The European People’s Party is looking forward to Péter Márki-Zay’s movement,” said Donald Tusk, the president of the group in the European Parliament, following talks with the joint prime ministerial candidate for the Hungarian opposition in Warsaw.

At a press conference with Donald Tusk, Péter Márki-Zay spoke about the fact that there is a particularly strong bond between Hungary and Poland, as their fates coincide in many respects and their historical situations have been similar.

Both nations have had to fight for their freedom many times over, and have proven to be freedom-loving people. The Hungarian opposition’s prime ministerial candidate believes that a mutual fight against repressive regimes is still needed.

Back in Budapest, Gergely Gulyás said at a Government Information Session that “movements” cannot be in the EPP, only parties, and Péter Márki-Zay’s Everybody’s Hungary Movement is not a party.

However, the Fidesz minister also noted that an MEP from the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP), the smaller party in Hungary’s ruling governing coalition, is still a part of the EPP party group.

The KDNP, therefore, has veto power over the EPP’s decisions, meaning it could block the admission of any new members, Gulyás stated. However, he doesn’t believe that there will be either enlargment or veto in the biggest group in the European Parliament.

[Magyar Hang]

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.