Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has addressed a letter to Antonio Lopez-Isturiz White, secretary-general of the European People’s Party (EPP). “Our world is definitely upside down. We, prime ministers and party leaders all around the world are concentrating our energy on making effective and timely decisions in order to save the lives and protect the health and security of our citizens,” Orbán said in his letter. “I can hardly imagine any of us having time for fantasies about the intentions of other countries. This seems to me a costly luxury these days,” the prime minister went on to say, adding that “with all due respect, I have no time for this!” Orbán said he would be open to discussing any issue once the epidemic was over, but till then, he would use all his time to take measures aimed at protecting lives and saving the economy. “I suggest we all do the same in our respective countries,” Orbán concluded his letter. The letter was shared by State Secretary Katalin Novák on Twitter.
On Thursday, 13 members of the EPP criticised Hungary’s recent coronavirus law and called on the group to exclude Orbán’s ruling Fidesz.