Advancing China’s Belt

V/I Weekly News Roundup

9 January 2020

From freight to public relations, China’s influence in Central Europe appears to pick up in pace. Yet, differing responses in Czechia and Poland show that worries remain about its motives and role behind the scenes.

 

Squeezing Fidesz out of the People’s Party

Last November, newly elected European People’s Party (EPP) President Donald Tusk announced that a three-person group of ‘wise men’ would investigate the state of democracy and the rule of law in Hungary. Tusk also instructed the group, including former European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, to formulate an opinion on whether to expel Fidesz from the centre-right political family.

This week, the first indications appeared on Twitter that the ‘wise men’ have delivered their report to Tusk. However, no public confirmation has been given to this date. It is likely that intensive consultations will continue until early February when the EPP’s next Political Assembly is scheduled to take place. Participants will then decide about the fate of Fidesz, whether to further restrict its membership or squeeze the Hungarians out.

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Quincy Cloet

Dr Quincy R. Cloet is a specialist in the history and politics of international organisations, based in Poland. He is an award-winning historian with academic and media publications in the areas of international politics, history, European studies and human rights.

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