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  Orbán’s Fidesz quits EPP group in European Parliament
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Mar 03, 2021 08:11am
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AuthorMaïa de La Baume
News DateWednesday, March 3, 2021 12:05:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party on Wednesday quit the center-right bloc in the European Parliament after a vote that paved the way for it to be suspended or excluded from the group.

A total of 148 MEPs voted in favor, and 28 against, new rules that would allow the European People’s Party (EPP) group — the biggest in the Parliament — to vote for the exclusion of “a Member or Members of the Group.”

Orbán responded quickly with a letter, making clear his party would not stick around for a vote to kick it out of the group.

“I hereby inform you that Fidesz MEPs resign their membership in the EPP group,” Orbán wrote to group leader Manfred Weber. He described the rule changes as “clearly a hostile move against Fidesz and our voters.”
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