Hungary's Orban issued personal challenge to Macron telling him it was 'populist versus European'
Viktor Orban, the populist prime minister of Hungary issued a personal behind-the-scenes challenge to the French president Emmanuel Macron to contest the ideological future of Europe, The Telegraph can reveal.
European sources said that Mr Orban announced a political tug-of-war on the sidelines of Juneâs quarterly EU leaders summit, telling Mr Macron that Europeâs destiny would play out between the two of them, âthe populist and the Europeanâ.
Mr Orban told Mr Macron that there would âonly be two winnersâ from the EU elections next May - himself and the French President - but that he would be âthe biggest winner of allâ.
The encounter, which is understood to have irritated senior French officials, is typical of Mr Orbanâs confrontational style which is seeing him forging nationalist alliances across Europe to in a bid to dethrone the EUâs liberal establishment.
The increasingly raw divisions of European politics were exposed last week when MEPs voted by a margin of 448-197 to demand Hungary face âArticle 7â proceedings for the alleged anti-democratic behaviour.Source: Google News Hungary | Netizen 24 Hungary