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Orbán and Farage Likely Will Not Join Salvini-Led Nationalist-Populist EU Supergroup

By Arthur Lyons | 5 June 2019

VOICE OF EUROPE — Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán and Britain’s Nigel Farage have both distanced themselves and their parties – Fidesz and the Brexit Party, respectively – from potentially joining the national populist supergroup in the European Parliament led by Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini.

During a press conference earlier this week, Prime Minister Orbán’s chief of staff Gergely Gulyás expressed that – despite having been suspended from the group in March – Fidesz’s party leadership wished to remain a member of the center-right European People’s Party (EPP), the European Union’s largest voting block which includes German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

“We respect the Italian deputy prime minister and the Italian government and the result, which made the Northern League Italy’s strongest party after the European Parliament election,” Gulyas asserted, but added: “Nonetheless, I see not much chance for a co-operation on a party level or in a joint parliamentary group.” […]

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