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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has written to members of the European People’s Party that initiated the expulsion of his ruling Fidesz from the centre-right bloc, apologising for “offensive language”, but maintaining his political positions.

Leading Fidesz politicians have said in recent days that the party would make no compromises on fundamental political issues in its dispute with the EPP. In his latest interview with Hungarian public radio, Orbán said no compromise was possible when it came to migration and protecting Christian culture, “but we can talk about everything else”. According to a copy of the prime minister’s letter obtained by Reuters, Orbán asked the leader of the Flemish Christian Democrats, Wouter Beke, to reconsider his proposal to expel Fidesz. Bertalan Havasi, the PM’s press chief, confirmed the letter’s authenticity to MTI along with Reuters’ report that similar letters have been sent to all the EPP members that joined the proposal to expel Fidesz from the grouping.

Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications, said as long as there is a chance “to change the pro-migration tendency” in the EPP, “we will do everything we can”. They are open to “reasonable compromise” on every issue except for stopping migration and protecting Europe’s borders and its Christian culture, Kovács said.