brussels - Jean-Claude Juncker thinks that the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán no longer belongs in the European People's Party (EPP), the Christian Democratic group in the European Parliament. The President of the European Commission tells French newspaper Le Monde that he also made Orbán clear last month.
The government of Orbán, who wants to transform his country into an 'illiberal democracy' has been under fire in Brussels for some time now. A large majority of the European Parliament voted in September to activate the toughest criminal proceedings against Hungary. The parliament believes that the developments in the former Eastern Bloc threaten the European values.
Juncker also judges severely about the Hungarian leader. 'Mr. Orbán has no place in the EPP', says the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, who is himself a Christian Democrat. Orbán's statements are contrary to the Christian democratic values of the 'EPP family' according to Juncker, to which the Fidesz party of the Hungarian leader is affiliated.