EPP will have decision on Hungarian Fidesz party in January: Tusk

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-21 22:17:44|Editor: xuxin
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ZAGREB, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Donald Tusk, the newly elected president of the European People's Party (EPP), announced here on Thursday that the EPP will decide in late January whether to expel Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party from its ranks.

The EPP suspended Fidesz in March this year after criticisms that Orban allegedly controls the media, the judiciary and academia, and refuses to accept migrant quotas.

Due to Fidesz's suspension, party President Orban was not invited to the two-day EPP congress, which ends here on Thursday.

"I can't agree with some of Orban's political decisions and new ideas, but at the same time we are close friends and have a lot in common," Tusk said, assessing it as "a complex issue."

A three-member panel of "wise men" that has considered the entire case will submit a report to the EPP leadership by the end of December.

Tusk, outgoing president of the European Council, was elected by the congress as the EPP's new president with 491 votes in favor and 37 against.