UK Tories' support for Orban: Orban is not Hungary, like the Conservative Party is not the UK | View
Any hopes that the new Foreign Secretary would tone down the rhetoric were quickly dispelled recently with Jeremy Hunt’s appalling and indefensible comparison of the EU to a ‘Soviet prison’- prompting Nigel Farage to remark that Hunt was now ‘talking his language.’
Many of Orbán’s allies in the centre-right European People’s party (EPP) deserted him. Those expressing their disgust also included fellow Scottish MEPs from the Scottish National Party and the Scottish Conservatives. But it didn’t include most of the Conservative MEPs from England.
These are turbulent times and the way the UK has conducted Brexit talks is threatening our future relationship with the EU. We can’t afford to alienate ourselves even more by offering Orban political support in exchange for his.
It is clear that at the highest levels of the Cabinet, Conservative politicians are worried about criticising Hungary in any way, because they want to secure favourable treatment in the Brexit negotiations, writes British Labour MEP Theresa Griffin.
A thank you letter from a far right leader for showing solidarity is not something I would be proud for my party to be associated with. It's astonishing the level The Tories are prepared to stoop to in order to get support for their failed Brexit plan.
It is frankly shameful that the Conservatives were the only ruling party in Western Europe that voted to support Orbán and at a time when my nation needs friends more than ever before, this is hardly a successful strategy to make friends and influence people.
SZANYI: “I can only hope that finally the EPP leaders will prove to have sufficient political will, and leverage on Orbán to respect European values.” MOLNÁR: “I believe that the EPP should have launched the exclusion of Fidesz from its community a long time ago.”
Viktor Orbán is leading Hungary away from the rule of law, from our fundamental rights, from the EU solidarity, from the EU project. He uses public funds to wage a massive propaganda campaign against the European Union, against free movement and against the rule of law.
The recent meeting between Viktor Orbán and Matteo Salvini created widespread speculations that the two politicians will run a joint political platform and totally change the political landscape in Europe. Is it really going to happen? It is highly unlikely, and here are the reasons why.