Hungary’s PM aims to create new right-wing political force Hungary Matteo Salvini Democratic Fidesz Budapest

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Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban said Friday he will soon meet with other right-wing politicians from Poland and Italy to discuss setting up a new nationalist political force in Europe.

In an interview with state radio, the populist leader said he was in touch with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Italian former interior minister Matteo Salvini whose parties are ideological allies of Orban’s Fidesz

“Poland, Italy and Hungary will try to reorganize the European right wing, and we will soon see each other and plan for the future,” Orban said.

Orban’s interview came only a day after Fidesz pulled out of the European People’s Party (EPP), its center-right European political family, following years of conflict over Hungary’s respect for democratic norms and the rule of law. The EPP has accused Orban of abandoning Christian Democratic principles in favor of his own self-styled “illiberal democracy,” while Orban says the EPP has become an “annex of the left” on issues like migration and national sovereignty.

Fidesz has led Hungary’s government with an almost uninterrupted supermajority since 2010, but will face six united opposition parties in national elections next year in the most significant challenge to its power in a decade.

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