Budapest — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has apologised to European conservative parties for calling them “useful idiots” over an anti-EU billboard campaign that could see his party ejected from the European parliament’s centre-right EPP bloc. “He has sent a letter of apology to the European People’s Party (EPP),” a government spokesperson said on Thursday. In a newspaper interview earlier in March, Orban called critics within the EPP “useful idiots” and accused them of helping the group’s leftwing and liberal opponents ahead of European parliament elections in May. “I would hereby like to express my apologies, if you found my quote personally offensive,” Orban said in his letter to the Belgian Christian Democratic and Flemish party which was published by the De Standaard newspaper. The letters were sent on Wednesday to leaders of 13 member parties of the EPP who have proposed expelling Orban’s ruling Fidesz party from the bloc, Orban’s press chief Bertalan Havasi told Hunga...

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