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Maintaining the unity of the European People’s Party (EPP) and strengthening its political power should be the party family’s most important goals, Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch has said in a letter to Polish MEP Radosław Sikorski. The letter to the former Polish foreign minister was published by Hungarian media outlet Mandiner.
According to Mandiner, Sikorski argued that EPP leader Donald Tusk had not referred to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as a Nazi but had accused Polish and Hungarian “populists” of playing “cynical political games” and thereby sowing social divisions.
Deutsch said in his letter: “Is the use of offensive language and unsubstantiated allegations against a political leader not a prime example of divisive behaviour?” He also questioned whether it would serve party unity by repeating “ideologically motivated” political attacks “against one of the EPP’s most successful prime ministers”. “Does this strengthen our political family?”
Deutsch argued that Christian Democratic, conservative parties had never profited from acceding to the expectations of the left wing. “We mustn’t allow our political opponents to define what counts as a good democrat. Greater independence of thinking and political courage would serve us well,” he wrote. Hopefully, once the pandemic is over, normal cooperation will be resumed “based on mutual respect”, he added.