Reacting to the letter, leftist MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament Dimitris Papadimoulis said that Orbán has now established new communication channels with the Greek far-right group.
So far, former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb and German MEP and EPP group leader Manfred Weber have announced their candidacy for the Commission’s Presidency from the EPP.
GUE leader: Weber represents CSU, which is close to Putin and anti-EU forces Manfred Weber’s European Commission presidency bid is “absurd” given that he represents a political party with close links to Vladimir Putin and politicians like Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, who openly question the EU’s values, according to leftist chief Gabriele Zimmer.
The vast majority of EPP leaders are supportive of the deal, except the opposition parties in Greece and FYROM, both EPP members, who explicitly oppose it.
On the other hand, EPP leader Joseph Daul has made it clear that the member parties should support the deal.
An important decision looms for the future of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia & the entire region within the #EU & @NATO. I remain disappointed by the opposition's role in this process to date, constructive cooperation must prevail over boycott. 1/2
— Joseph Daul (@JosephDaul) October 8, 2018