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Hungary’s ruling Fidesz made a unilateral decision to suspend its relations with the European People’s Party (EPP) until the European parliamentary elections in May and will wait to see where “the series of attacks against Hungary” will go, the party’s deputy leader in charge of foreign affairs said in Paris. Katalin Novák was in Paris as a member of a Hungarian delegation that held talks with the French parliament’s French-Hungarian friendship chapter.

Speaking to MTI, she welcomed the appointment of a three-member council headed by former European Council president Herman Van Rompuy to monitor the situation in Hungary, saying it would allow them “to make a more authentic assessment of Fidesz’s policies”. Novák said the three-member committee Fidesz had appointed in response, to be headed by her, would hold regular consultations with the EPP to help them “have a clearer understanding” of Hungary’s affairs. The Hungarian committee will be tasked with monitoring the situation after the EP ballot in May and assessing how the ruling party can most effectively represent the Hungarian people’s interests [in Brussels], she said.