Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party says its dispute with the European People’s Party centres on the issue of migration and that it will listen to everyone’s opinion.
Fidesz prioritises protecting European Christian values and stopping migration over party discipline, the party’s spokesman said in response to EPP chief Manfred Weber’s outlining three conditions that Fidesz must fulfil in order to remain within the grouping.
Weber has called on the Hungarian government to halt its campaign against Brussels and to apologise to EPP member parties. He also insists the Central European University (CEU) should remain in Budapest.
Balázs Hidvéghi, Fidesz’s communications director, said that whereas Fidesz would “listen to everyone, including Manfred Weber … protecting European Christian values and stopping migration is more important than party discipline…”
In respect of the CEU, the Fidesz spokesman said: “The Soros network is moving every stone in its own interests”. He insisted that the CEU continued to operate in Budapest according to Hungarian law. Education, he added, is a national competence and criticism was therefore unfounded. In Hungary, all universities must abide by the same laws, including “the Soros university,” he said.