Point of No Return
Point of No Return

Viktor Orbán’s Divorce from the EPP

by Milan Nič, András Rácz | Elections

A few weeks after the European People’s Party (EPP) suspended the membership of Hungary’s ruling populist party, Fidesz, it looks unlikely that their relationship could be repaired. Seeing his leverage decreasing, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been paving the way for divorce. The EPP leaders seem to have made up their minds as well. A re-arrangement of the European party system is already taking shape ahead of the upcoming European elections (23–26 May 2019), not only afterwards.

Publications

  • Looking beyond Sibiu

    EU cooperation can move forward – flexibly

    von Julian Rappold, Daniela Schwarzer | European Union
    DGAPstandpunkt 14, May 7, 2019, 3 pp.

    Looking beyond Sibiu

    The European Council meeting in Sibiu on 9 May was intended to boost the European Union two weeks ahead of the European parliamentary election, and in the wake of the original March Brexit date. However, divided amongst themselves, the EU leaders are shying away from notable commitments even though citizens’ support for the EU has actually increased. The likely limited results of Sibiu reflect the current state of the EU, but do not necessarily determine its future after the election.

  • Rupture in Kiev

    Ukrainians Vote for Change to Consolidate Their Democracy

    von Cristina Gherasimov | Ukraine, Elections
    DGAPviewpoint 11, April 24, 2019, 4 pp.

    Rupture in Kiev

    The landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Ukraine’s presidential runoff is a breakthrough in the post-Soviet space that rarely offers chances to political novices. The vote highlights Ukrainians’ discontent with the political establishment. It shows a new set of factors at work in shaping the polls, and civil society’s readiness to accept risk to consolidate their fragile democracy. For the European Union and Germany, the change offers an opportunity for new momentum in relations with Ukraine.

  • Armenia Needs a New Opposition

    How the EU Can Help Institute Checks and Balances

    von Cristina Gherasimov | Armenia
    DGAPstandpunkt 6, March 6, 2019, 3 pp.

    Armenia Needs a New Opposition

    In Armenia, last year’s Velvet Revolution ended a long period of autocratic rule. On assuming the office of prime minister, former opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan acquired a constitutional authority enhanced by wide popular support and the lack of effective opposition in parliament. While this helps him implement reforms, the absence of strong checks may prove harmful in the long run. The EU should help rebuild Armenia’s checks and balances to ensure the country’s sustainable transformation.

Events

East and West in a Troubled Union: Moving forward after the European Parliament Election
09/05/2019 | 12:00 - 13:30 | DGAP | Elections
Category: Elections, European Union
European Election Outlook: What to expect from the big reshuffle of the European Parliament
Town Hall Debate
07/05/2019 | 09:00 - 10:30 | DGAP | Elections
Category: Elections, European Union
A new Big Three in the EU: The Franco-German tandem – and Spain?
Early Bird Breakfast
30/04/2019 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP | Spain, Elections
Category: Elections, Spain
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