The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and centre-left Social & Democrat (S&D) are set to lose their majority for the first time in the upcoming May elections. The coalition has dominated the EU parliament for 40 years. The Brussels bloc could be hit with a major blow at the polls if Mr Orban’s right-wing ruling party forms a pact of “patriotic forces” with anti-EU parties in Germany, Italy and Austria.
According to a senior minister, MEPs from Hungary’s Fidesz party, who were suspended from the EPP over the nation’s abuse of law, could defect to form a right-wing coalition.
The Hungarian foreign minister, Peter Szijjarto, 40, told The Times: “If there is no change, we will have to make the necessary decisions.”
Ahead of next week’s European elections vote, which decides the MEPs for the next five years, new alliances are being formed among Eurosceptics in Brussels, which could see EU legislation blocked if they win 33 percent of the 751 seats.
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The alliances among anti-EU and populist parties are likely to send shockwaves across the continent and wreak havoc across the bloc’s migration, trade and foreign policy.
With Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, Italy’s populist ruling League and, at times, France’s far-right National Rally topping national opinion rankings, polls show a surge for eurosceptics in the European elections.
But pro-EU parties could still be able to hold a majority of seats, mainly due to the likely gains of the liberal ALDE group.
Wilfried Martens, an EPP founding member, told the Finical Times the elections were matter of “life and death” for the centre-right movement EPP.
A EPP figure added: “We will be much weaker, that is for sure.
“We’ve been dominant for 20 years. But this is not automatic, it is not a law of history.”
With the elections fast approaching, a political clash is expected to spark a tense battle between Europe’s left-wingers and populists.
Europeans will go to the polls to vote for MEPs between May 21 and May 26.