Point of No Return

Viktor Orbán’s Divorce from the EPP

21/05/2019 | by Milan Nič, András Rácz

DGAPkompakt 7 (May 2019), 4 pp.

Category: Elections, European Union

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.