Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has quit the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament after the conservative grouping approved new internal rules.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the move in a letter to EPP parliamentary group leader Manfred Weber on March 3 that was posted on Twitter by one of his ministers.

The decision comes after the EPP changed its internal rules earlier in the day to allow entire parties to be thrown out, rather than just individual members – a change that was billed as a way to expel Fidesz from the largest faction in the EU legislature.

“The amendments to the rules of the EPP Group are clearly a hostile move against Fidesz and our voters…This is anti-democratic, unjust, and unacceptable,” Orban wrote in his letter.

Source – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty