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Hungary’s ruling Fidesz emerged as the winner of this week’s “battle in the European People’s Party”, a state secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Speaking to public news channel M1, Balázs Orbán said the compromise made in Brussels would help the EPP. “The pro-migration branch of the EPP and the leftist parties backed by [US billionaire] George Soros failed to get Fidesz expelled,” he said, adding that this had allowed the bloc to maintain its unity. It was ultimately Fidesz’s proposal that the EPP approved, under which an inquiry committee will be formed with the Hungarian ruling party voluntarily suspending its rights in the grouping, Orbán said.

“Incidentally, the way I see it, membership in a European parliamentary party, from a Hungarian point of view – regardless of which party’s membership we mean – is never a goal … but a means for the ruling parties and the government to represent Hungary’s interests in the European Parliament,” the state secretary added. So the outcome of the debate will depend on how Hungary is able to represent its interests in the long run and in what form it will be able to find allies to protect Christian values and to stop migration, he said.