Finland: Centre-right leaders call for protection of ‘rule of law’ at Helsinki summit

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European centre-right leaders underlined the importance of protecting the rule of law and liberal democracy during a two-day European People’s Party (EPP) summit held in Helsinki on Thursday.

In an apparent a reference to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, European Council President Donald Tusk said that anyone who is against the rule of law, independent judiciary, free press, and favours “xenophobia, homophobia, nationalism, and anti-Semitism,” was not a Christian Democrat.

Tusk underlined that “no one has the right, at least in our political family, to attack liberal democracy and its foundations,” and said that the protection of European borders shouldn’t “defy the rules of liberal democracy.”

Orban’s Fidesz party, which is currently a part of the EPP coalition yet stands at odds with many in centre-right group on a number of issues.

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