“Center-Right” EPP to debate expulsion of Hungarian Fidesz party

A picture taken on February 20, 2019 in Budapest shows a billboard bearing portraits of European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker (R) and Hungarian-born US investor and philanthropist George Soros and a slogan reading "You too have a right to know what Brussels is preparing". Hungary launched a new anti-immigration media campaign on February 19, 2019 in which it accused George Soros and Jean-Claude Juncker of allegedly supporting illegal migration, but which Brussels immediately dismissed as "fake news". / AFP / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

The European People’s Party [EPP] is the largest party grouping in the EU. It is usually referred to as the “center-right” of the EU parliament. The reason these groupings matter is because they get funds from the EU and the largest groupings are involved in choosing people to hold various positions in the EU bureaucracy.

Currently, the EPP holds 218 out of the 751 seats. The Hungarian Fidesz party is probably the most conservative member of EPP. Hungary gets 21 seats in the EU, and 11 of those are held by Fidesz. A twelfth seat is held by the Hungarian Christian Democratic People’s Party [KDNP], which is a close Fidesz ally. Fidesz and KDNP are likely to increase their share of Hungary’s EU seats to 14 after the May EU election.

Meanwhile, the rest of the EPP is expected to decline significantly in May. The size of the EU parliament is dropping to 705 because of Brexit, however, the British Conservative Party [Tories] already left the EPP back in 2009, so they are not a factor in the projected decline of the EPP. The older center-right parties are expected to lose a lot of ground to newer conservative/right-wing/eurosceptic parties.

In my previous videos, I mentioned that George Soros personally called for the EPP to expel Fidesz in his recent article. The various Soros funded non-profits have also been demanding that the EPP expel Fidesz.

Now, many in the EPP a dutifully doing the bidding of George Soros. The debate over Article 7 sanctions against Hungary has pivoted into a debate over Fidesz’s membership in the EPP.

Recently the government of Hungary paid for signs with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, and George Soros. The text of the signs says, “You also have the right to know what Brussels is preparing. They want to introduce the compulsory resettlement quota [of migrants], weaken the rights of Member States to defend their borders; facilitate immigration by means of a migrant visa.” The ad campaign was launched on February 18th and will continue until March 15th.

The posters have been denounced by Angela Merkel, head of the German CDU, which is the largest member party of the EPP. It has also been denounced by Joseph Daul, a member of the French Les Républicains, and president of the EPP.

Daul says that Victor Orban and Fidesz have “crossed a red line.” He scheduled a debate for March 20th to discuss the expulsion of Fidesz from the EPP.

Orban has been on top of his game. He told a German newspaper, “Not everyone understands this but in the academic literature, they were referred to by Lenin as ‘useful idiots.’ While they think they’re waging an intellectual fight, they’re actually serving the power interests of our opponents.”

Orban went on to say “In reality, the attack is coming from the left, not from our side, in order to weaken the EPP. When we’re no longer around, it will be the Italians’ turn and then the Austrians’. It’s what you call the salami tactic.”

Daul says there are nine parties, from twelve countries, that have asked him to expel Fidesz. I can guess who some of those parties are. Back in 2016 one of Soro’s Open Society Foundations published a glossy brochure called “Reliable allies in the European Parliament (2014 – 2019).” They listed 226 members of the European Parliament that are “reliable allies” for the Open Society agenda. It was meant for internal use only, but someone got a copy and put a PDF file online. Nigel Farage famously ranted about the brochure on the floor of the EU parliament. Shockingly, 36 members of the EPP were listed as “reliable allies.” Another six members of the Tories and a member of the New Flemish Alliance were also listed as “reliable allies.”

I suspect that Daul’s “12 parties” includes the Swedish Moderate Party, the Swedish Liberal Party, the Irish Finn Gael, the Finnish National Coalition Party, The Romanian National Liberal Party, and the Cypriot Democratic Rally. I’m very interested to know who the other alleged parties are. [Note that “liberal” has a different meaning in Europe than it does in the USA.]

It remains to be seen if the EPP does the bidding of George Soros and actually expells Fidesz. There are currently three EU party groupings to the right of the EPP. The European Conservatives and Reformists [ECR], Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy [EFDD], and Europe of Nations and Freedoms [ENF]. It remains to be seen if all three of these groupings remain intact after May. The largest party in the ECR is the Tories and they are leaving because of Brexit. However, the Tories are widely seen as being less conservative than the rest of the ECR.

EFDD is dominated by UKIP and the Italian Five Star Movement [M5S]. The chairman is Nigel Farage. M5S wants to keep the group going post-Brexit and is holding meetings with lots of parties to seek out new future members. The ENF is very small but it includes the Italian League, which many predict will become the second largest party in the EU in May. It remains to be seen if the ECR, the EFDD, and the ENF continue or morph into new groupings.

The only thing I can say for sure is that if the EPP expels Fidesz, it will just make them smaller and less significant. Fidesz will be forced to join another grouping, which will just make some other grouping bigger.

Theoretically, if enough right-wing parties form an alliance after May, they could be the third largest grouping ahead of the centrist ALDE.

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