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Jun 03, 2017 - Zoltán Kovács

The machinations of the “Soros Mafia network”

“There is only one important and significant element of Hungarian public life that is not transparent,” said Prime Minister Orbán in the Friday morning radio interview, “and that’s the Soros Mafia network and its organizations that cannot be considered civic organizations but agents working for the pursuit of George Soros’ goals.”

Speaking in candid terms, the prime minister was responding to remarks published this week by George Soros in which the currency speculator claimed that PM Orbán had established a “mafia state”.

Soros’ comments were rich coming from a man who has avoided transparency while actively promoting illegal migration to Europe and supporting – in some cases funding – Hungarian opposition groups. Frequently depicted as the benevolent philanthropist, Soros and his network push an open society agenda of open borders and immigration and works with groups to undermine democratically elected governments he dislikes. That’s done in a manner less than crystal clear and with zero accountability.

Last month, a group of leftist members of the European Parliament initiated a resolution to pursue Article 7 proceedings against Hungary’s center-right government. It wasn’t unexpected. As I’ve written before, we were expecting a political offensive now that we’re only one year from the Hungarian parliamentary elections.

The resolution itself, beyond the tired issues that have already been resolved and the factually inaccurate claims, includes some new points. The EP resolution would force Hungary to cease defending Europe’s southern borders and thus allow the uncontrolled inflow of migrants — a return to 2015 when the border was unprotected and hundreds of thousands of unregistered migrants crossed illegally into Europe. It’s hard to fathom how that would be in Europe’s interest, but it is congruent with George Soros’ open society agenda.

That’s why many, including Hungary’s minister of Foreign Affairs, have called this latest report from the European Parliament the “Soros Report.”

Soros has been a regular visitor to the European institutions in Brussels over the past several years. On Wednesday, this private citizen had meetings with three European Commissioners – Christos Stylianides, responsible for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management; Pierre Moscovici, responsible for Economic and Financial Affairs; and Dimitris Avramopoulos, who is responsible for, yes, Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. As yet, we do not have any substantial information about what they discussed.

Last year, Soros authored articles suggesting that the EU take an annual 4.5 million (!) migrants as well as cover the integration costs for these people by giving up existing legislative policies and taking loans. Two weeks prior to the Article 7 vote, the currency speculator was warmheartedly received in Brussels and meeting with EU leaders. Little disclosed about those meetings either.

If you’re wondering why this private citizen holds such sway with EU leaders, you’re not the only one. The Soros influence in Brussels has been widely covered by media reporting on the billionaire’s global interest network. The details are interesting.

Compare, for example, the list of names of the MEPs who initiated the Article 7 “nuclear option” against Hungary to those on the leaked list of Soros’s allies in the European Parliament and, not surprisingly, they have a lot in common.

In a leaked email from the Open Society European Policy Institute, a consulting company maps “reliable allies” in the 2014-2019 European Parliament who, according to the insider document, are “likely to support Open Society values during the 2014–2019 legislature.”

Providing a handy, detailed (177 pages long) guide to the European lobbyists of the Open Society Foundations in Europe, the document brags that the ally network “spans 11 committees and 26 delegations, as well as the European Parliament’s highest decision making bodies: 226 MEPs who are proven or likely Open Society allies.”

No surprise that it widely overlaps with the initiators of the “Soros Report” against Hungary, accepted two weeks after the billionaire’s visit to Brussels. Twenty-two out of the 37 names can be found in the list of “reliable allies,” a near 60 percent overlap. Péter Niedermüller, Birgit Sippel, Sophie in 't Veld, Guy Verhofstadt, Louis Michel, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Cornelia Ernst, Gabriele Zimmer, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Martina Anderson, Malin Björk, Barbara Spinelli, Sabine Lösing, Helmut Scholz, Younous Omarjee, Lola Sánchez Caldentey, Judith Sargentini, Ska Keller, Ulrike Lunacek, Eva Joly, Josep-Maria Terricabras, and Sven Giegold are all regarded as trustworthy allies. The correlation is strong and convincing.

Regarding the European Parliament’s report “on the situation in Hungary,” there is one institution with the legal authority to challenge a member state’s law’s. That’s the European Commission, and we will have that conversation at the appropriate time.

But one thing must be clear. Under no circumstances will Hungary prioritize the delusional “open society” ideas of a billionaire private citizen before the interests of European citizens. The Orbán Government is accountable to Hungarians, and we’ve been clear about our opposition to uncontrolled and illegal migration. The Soros Mafia network and its agents have deliberately avoided public scrutiny and the billionaire himself answers to no one.