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European EPP members push to exclude Hungary's Orban - AFP
Members of the centre-right European People's Party have officially requested the exclusion of Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party from the group, a top official said Monday.

Three months from the European Parliament election, the move reflects growing sentiment in the assembly's dominant bloc that Hungary's nationalist leader goes against EU values.

Also infuriating EPP members was a campaign in Hungary targeting European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, also of the EPP, who is accused of supporting illegal migration.

Budapest said on Saturday that it would put an end to the controversial campaign.

"Twelve EPP member parties from nine countries have requested the exclusion or suspension of Fidesz," party leader Joseph Daul told AFP, adding that the question will be discussed at a meeting on March 20.

"The decision rests with all EPP members and I cannot anticipate the outcome of the discussion," Daul added.

"an end to the controversial campaign"; sort of:

The end of Germany's Orbán affair - Politico.eu

Despite his party's use of anti-Semitic tropes and increasing shift toward authoritarianism, Orbán projected a tell-it-like-it-is ethos that was core to the CSU's own brand of politics. Come what may, the Hungarian leader knew he had powerful friends in Bavaria who would protect him.

No more. A change in the leadership of the CSU, ushering in a younger generation under Söder, triggered a reevaluation -- one the Hungarian appears not to have seen coming.

The German shift could be dangerous for Orbán on a number of fronts.

by Bernard on Mon Mar 4th, 2019 at 08:58:52 PM EST
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