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Hungary’s Viktor Orban plots new far-right reshuffle in EU ahead of key elections

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May21,2024

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, along with former Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, is strategising a reshuffle of power within the European Parliament. This move comes in preparation for the upcoming EU elections in June, with the aim of gaining leverage in the next term through a redefined right-wing alliance.

Orban’s party, Fidesz, which left the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) in 2021, is considering various factions to align with.

This could involve joining the national-conservative European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, the far-right Identity and Democracy (ID), or possibly forming a new group altogether.

“We have many options,” said Balazs Orban, Viktor Orban’s political director. “We need to create an environment where national conservative forces are much more heard on the European stage as well,” he added, highlighting the need for a stronger conservative voice in the European Parliament.

The reshuffling aims to create a formidable counterforce to “federalist” parties following the UK’s departure from the EU.

For Orban to successfully align with ECR, he will need to gain the support of Mateusz Morawiecki and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, who plays a pivotal role in the right-wing balance. Morawiecki has expressed a willingness to work with Fidesz, indicating that the ECR group could grow through the inclusion of other parties like Fidesz.

However, there are reservations among some ECR members regarding Fidesz, primarily due to differing views on Ukraine and other issues.

“All ECR members must be on board for such a decision,” Morawiecki noted, emphasising that any expansion would require consensus among current members.

Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National, part of the far-right ID group, is another key factor in the reshuffling strategy.

While Morawiecki supports collaboration with Le Pen, he dismissed the idea of a complete merger between ECR and ID due to differences in policy stances, particularly regarding Ukraine.

He did, however, highlight the potential influence of Le Pen in the European Parliament, suggesting her possible election as the next French president could change the dynamics of right-wing politics in the EU.

Balazs Orban echoed this sentiment, indicating that Fidesz is open to collaborating with Le Pen, as both parties share a common vision of an EU made up of nation-states and a desire to reform the current system.

The ultimate decision rests with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, who leads Fratelli d’Italia (FdI), a major force within the ECR. Meloni is caught between strengthening ties with the centre-right EPP while maintaining relationships with the national-conservative Fidesz and far-right Lega (ID). This balancing act creates a complex dynamic in shaping the European Parliament’s future.

Despite these challenges, Nicola Procaccini, ECR co-chair and FdI member believes collaboration with the centre-right EPP and liberal forces is possible, suggesting a more moderate approach could help navigate these complexities.

Tyler Mitchell

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2 thoughts on “Hungary’s Viktor Orban plots new far-right reshuffle in EU ahead of key elections”
  1. Do you think Hungary’s Viktor Orban’s reshuffle strategy will effectively strengthen right-wing influence in the European Parliament?

  2. It is concerning to see the rise of far-right movements within the EU political landscape. The potential reshuffling orchestrated by Orban and Morawiecki could further polarize the European Parliament. We must ensure that fundamental democratic values are upheld amidst these power plays.

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