EU chaos: Viktor Orban quits bloc’s biggest group – major split erupts after rule vote

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The Hungarian Prime Minister pledged to walk away from the biggest group in the European Parliament if a vote on a rule change succeeded this morning. Mr Orban has been at odds with the EPP since it suspended Fidesz two years ago over issues like a perceived democratic shortfall.

In a letter to the leader of the chairman of the group, Mangred Weber, Mr Orban said it was “disappointing” to see the EPP “paralysed” on administrative issues.

He wrote: While hundreds of thousands of Europeans are hospitalised and our doctors are saving lives, it is utmost disappointing to see that the EPP Group is paralysed by its inner administrative issues and is trying to mute and disable our democratically elected MEPs.”

He continued: “The amendments to the rules of the EPP Group are clearly a hostile move against Fidesz and our voters.

“Limiting our MEPs’ ability to carry out their duties as elected Members of the European Parliament deprives Hungarian voters from their democratic rights.

“This is antidemocratic, unjust and unacceptable.

“Therefore, the governing body of Fidesz has decided to leave the EPP Group immediately.”

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