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Press is reporting today that the government of Spain will impose controls on information distributed to the public. The European Post writes that the country’s security forces have announced their intention to control public information “in order to minimize this critical climate aimed at the government’s action.”
A strict schedule and a gradual pace. This is how Prime Minister Viktor Orbán described the upcoming period on his regular morning interview on Kossuth Radio. Aside from the domestic situation, he also spoke about the current international turmoil.
This is the way their network operates. Project Syndicate, funded by the Open Society Foundation, claimed yesterday in a new article that Hungary’s “new law endangers the lives of many Hungarians by empowering the government to limit drastically information about the management of the virus.”
The V-Dem Institute is – wait for it – a Soros-funded institute. The EU now has an authoritarian state. That’s the sensational lead that has been circulating in the Twittersphere regarding a report released late last week by the little-known Varieties of Democracy Institute in Sweden funded by the Open Society Foundation. Which country is it? I’ll give you one guess.
Independent, investigative journalism helps uncover stories and connections that would otherwise remain hidden from the public eye. It’s a good thing and should be promoted, except when it’s politically driven, biased and one-sided. The following case serves up a perfect example of the latter.
Make no mistake: Transparency International is part of George Soros’s wider network of “independent” NGOs. Like its affiliate in Hungary, this group receives ample funding from Soros’s Open Society Foundation, and it should surprise no one that that fact is reflected in the group’s biased analysis of Hungary.
Zoltán Kovács said it had become clear during the second Article 7 hearing that “[US financier] George Soros’s people are also in the new European Commission” under the leadership of EC vice-president Frans Timmermans.
„Ungarn zerschmettert die Medienfreiheit und den Pluralismus“, lautet der sensationsträchtige Titel eines Berichts, der heute von einer „internationalen Koalition“ von sieben „unabhängigen“ Organisationen veröffentlicht wurde.
“We will not yield to the blackmail of either Soros’ NGOs, western (European) governments or Brussels,” Minister Szíjjártó said. “We will not implement the compulsory settlement quota and we will continue to oppose it as we did so far.”
State Secretary for International Communications and Relations, Zoltán Kovács has hit back at a commentary piece featured on Project Syndicate which criticizes Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and compares him to President Trump.
The Government Information Centre states that it is shocking that while politicians preach about the importance of extradition in a two-faced manner, they attempt to prevent the lawful extradition of illegal immigrants to keep as many as possible in Europe
On Tuesday, the Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe of the U.S. Congress, also known as the Helsinki Commission, will hold a briefing to “explore recent developments in Hungary, including issues related to the rule of law and corruption.”
In an essay published yesterday on the official Élysée website, President Macron calls “For European Renewal with a program based on freedom, protection and progress. “We should ban,” the president writes, “the funding of European political parties by foreign powers.” We need to protect our democracies against foreign powers seeking to manipulate them.
Have you noticed how the bureaucrats in Brussels talk about “border management” instead of saying “border protection” or “border defense”? It’s not a coincidence. It betrays a fundamental difference in how we approach migration. For those in the pro-migration lobby, immigration is a positive outcome and national borders are the obstacles.
The European Parliament’s recent actions point in one, rather unfortunate direction: instead of representing the citizens of Europe, the pro-migration forces are increasingly pushing a policy that advances the Soros plan.
“When it comes to important issues, and we listen and pay attention to the people, we get their answers,” PM Orbán said in this morning’s interview on Kossuth Rádió. Besides the results of the latest national consultation, the prime minister touched upon the upcoming European Parliament’s debate on rule of law in Hungary and George Soros’s efforts to expand his influence in the European Commission.
Last week, I wrote a letter to the editor of Handelsblatt in response to an editorial, “In defense of Soros,” by its own editor-in-chief, Andreas Kluth, in which he claimed that “conspiracy theories about George Soros are spreading from Hungary,” and then linked them to the “vilest forms of European anti-Semitism”.
“The University is fully aware of the Hungarian regulations, according to which it could operate, but instead of actually conforming to regulations its response is a political bluff,” Zoltán Kovács said
At a press conference in Budapest this afternoon, Central European University Rector Michael Ignatieff claimed that because the Hungarian government will not sign or ratify an agreement concerning CEU in Hungary, the University plans to move parts of its operations to Vienna.
Between 2012 and 2016, the Hungarian government had to pay back IMF loans taken on by the socialist Gyurcsány government. Hungary repaid the debt from the proceeds of foreign currency and residency bonds. This went against Soros’s interests
Hungary’s stance is that it’s not only legitimate but necessary in a democratic society to require transparency of NGOs receiving funding from abroad in order to prevent them from being misused for foreign political goals
Máte Kocsis said the line of division in European politics between “those serving the interests of the Soros empire” and those “who are willing and able to stop migration” was becoming more clearly defined
The latest LIBE report is, in fact, nothing other than yet another Soros report, said Prime Minister Orbán earlier this week, and it’s aimed at applying pressure on Hungary to make the country change its position on migration.
István Hollik, the spokesman of ruling Fidesz-KDNP’s parliamentary group said the [Hungarian] Helsinki Committee holds pro-migration sensitization trainings clearly designed to sensitize court employees by representing the viewpoint of migrants and their interests
The mainstream western media put up an unprecedented ballyhoo about the elections in Hungary. It feels good but somewhat funny as well. It feels good because it has been my strong conviction for a long time that Hungary is the centre of the world and a flower on God’s hat, as the old folk saying goes, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this view of mine is shared by the “whole” West.
Pál Völner said the Soros network has realized that certain national governments are preventing them from settling hundreds of thousands of migrants in Europe. Therefore, if legal order is dismantled, a migration wave stronger than any so far may hit Europe, he warned
Zoltán Kovács stressed that George Soros is continuing the negotiations aimed at calling into question the outcome of the Hungarian election and collecting allies against the democratically elected Hungarian government and majority
Minister Szijjártó pointed out that if Hungary had an electoral system like the United Kingdom or France, then the ruling party wouldn’t just have a two-thirds majority in Parliament, but a majority of 85 percent
“I know that the opposition parties find this hard to accept,” Antal Rogán said. “Those shouting about fraud haven’t uncovered any errors that they could protest or bring to the election committees. This is nothing more than a political flea circus,” he added
There are many years of work involved in the fact that Hungary is now standing on its own two feet and is not dependent on others. “If the country didn’t have a government for the nation, this would change," Csaba Dömötör said
The government spokesperson described the general election on Sunday as a decisive battle in the struggle against Soros’s organizations. "The people may decide whether Hungary will indeed remain a country of the Hungarian people or that of immigrants," he said
Bence Tuzson, minister of state for Government Communication, said that the Helsinki Committee requested a list of empty state-owned properties in Budapest. He said the government will not issue this list and is prepared to go to court if necessary
An article published in today's Magyar Idők - the first in what the author says will be a series of reports - takes a close look at a group called Migration Aid and one of its leaders, András Siewert. It raises some troubling questions.
The foreign minister said the government must respond to the Israeli paper saying on Friday that a Berlin-based NGO funded by US billionaire George Soros had tried to lobby the German government to intervene against Hungary’s law on the transparency of foreign-funded NGOs
The prime minister said that what is at stake at the general election in April is whether Hungary will have an independent government or one that can be blackmailed. The latter would give up national independence and let Hungary be transformed into a migrant country
This three-step legislative package creates a new situation,” Prime Minister Orbán said in his radio interview this morning. “Everybody, including George Soros, can decide what to do. Stop supporting or continue to organize and support illegal migration.”
János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said the government believes it is important that organizations involved in organizing and facilitating illegal immigration with funding from abroad should operate in a more transparent manner
The latest edition of Freedom in the World, an annual survey published by the Soros-funded Freedom House, places Hungary among a group of “states that a decade ago seemed like promising success stories” but are now “sliding into authoritarian rule.”
This week’s shameful example of anti-Hungary bias and ignorance comes to us – I regret to report – from the hallowed halls of the United States Senate. On January 10th, the minority staff – I’ll come back to that in a moment – of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee published a report entitled, “Putin’s Asymmetric Assault on Democracy in Russia and Europe: Implications for U.S. National Security.”
Hungarians have expressed their will and they do not want Hungary to become an “immigrant country” and they do not want the mandatory resettlement quota or any other elements of the “Soros plan” either, Fidesz spokesman Imre Puskás said
János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said that Hungary investigated the ‘Soros files’, which was necessary to protect the Hungarian border and guarantee sovereignty, and were matters of national security
The government decided to extend the deadline because the public were still sending in their responses, but most importantly to allow for last week’s vote by the European Parliament to launch the EU's migrant relocation scheme
As I wrote last week, the European Parliament approved a regulation that would introduce a permanent and mandatory migrant quota system without an upper limit on the number of migrants to be admitted. What’s more, it says that the evaluation of asylum claims will no longer be carried out by the country of first entry, and all member states will have to accommodate migrants on an involuntary basis. Countries that don’t cooperate would be politically and financially penalized.
Antal Rogán said that the European Commission states that immigration via the Mediterranean has slowed with the onset of winter, therefore 50,000 immigrants should be “brought in” from Turkey and distributed across central Europe
Echo chambers – the lack of different opinions on a certain issue – are threatening people’s right to information in the modern age. In today’s world of social media saturated with fake news and sensational, online media fighting for page views, the echo chamber effect is growing, and those media outlets that pride themselves on professional journalism have a special obligation to restore a little reason to the discourse.
At the request of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, an intelligence assessment has been completed concerning Soros’s activities in Berlin and Brussels and the extent to which Soros has succeeded in influencing opinion against Hungary
Last week’s decision by the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament to propose a limitless resettlement quota scheme and the EP’s newest Hungary-bashing report all point in one, disturbing direction: a concerted effort to push a pro-immigration agenda that would accept an unlimited number of migrants into Europe and to strong-arm any member states that dare to oppose.
In his regular Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio’s program 180 Minutes, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the latest European Council meeting and the machinations of the Soros network to aggressively drive a pro-immigration agenda.
Over the course of the last two weeks, the Financial Times has run no fewer than four – yes, four – articles maligning the Orbán Government for our opposition to George Soros’ pro-immigration agenda and for the usual charge of undemocratic behavior. We must have got under their skin.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán says “immigrant countries” constitute the biggest threat to European values and migrants coming to Europe endanger the freedom of religion, women’s equality and the fight against anti-Semitism
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has made a number of references to a Soros plan to bring one million “refugees and migrants” into Europe each year. Some are skeptical, but the doubters haven’t familiarized themselves with the facts. The plan is real.
A number of Soros-funded NGOs in Hungary have declared that they will not comply with the new NGO law and will instead boycott out of civil disobedience. There’s nothing valiant in their cause, just hypocrisy. The fact that the same NGOs have no problem abiding by even stricter rules and regulations in Germany, Austria, Israel, and the US speaks for itself.
“[O]r even if it exists today,” said Prime Minister Orbán, “it will vanish.” The prime minister, speaking during his regular radio interview this morning, was referring to the dangers of unchecked, illegal migration into Europe and the realization of the “Soros plan.”
“Hungary is taking determined action against the organisations funded by George Soros, and so is Israel, according to news reports”, according to a statement issued today by the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister.
The heritage of a particular American billionaire speculator is not relevant to his agenda. Criticizing the radical policies he’s pushing all over the world – completely lacking any democratic mandate or accountability – is not anti-Semitism. Suggesting otherwise amounts to a cheap tactic to silence his critics and support the far-from-mainstream Soros agenda.
PM Orbán highlighted that illegal immigration is bringing a culture of intolerance and growing anti-Semitism into Europe. The prime minister wrote that “I do not expect either thanks or recognition for our fight against illegal migration, but a modicum of assistance from your community would be appreciated”
"The most recent statement by the US Department of State is another stark example of double standards, since the regulation in force in the USA is much stricter than that in Hungary. In the United States, Soros organizations could never do what they are doing in Europe," Hungary's International Communications Office said
“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.”
Soros’s network and its "agencies" were “a significant and non-transparent component of Hungary’s public life”. Soros and “his supporters in Hungary” were seeking to implement “a program to allow migrants into the country," the prime minister said
Tamás Deutsch said that it had become apparent from a speech where Soros compared Hungary to a mafia state that he was ready to take any anti-democratic step to ensure the Hungarian government’s defeat
Democracy means first and foremost accountability and the people’s right to participate in the decision making of their lives and futures. Governments, including the Hungarian government, are held accountable and can be voted out of power. The shadowy power networks of the “open society” are accountable to no one.
Browse the international media coverage of Hungary over the last several weeks and a handful of keywords stand out: migration crisis, NGOs, transparency, media, Central European University and George Soros. While much of the coverage lacks balance, the keywords themselves can be instructive, shedding light on a far-reaching, ideologically driven and wholly undemocratic network that pushes George Soros’s “open society” agenda.
Once again, Hungarian left-wing politicians have taken domestic affairs to the stage of the European Parliament, hoping to gain traction in their political campaign against the Hungarian government. Their timely intervention intersects neatly with the interests of an American billionaire whose extreme ideas about an open society aim to undermine Europe’s external border.
Hungary's chief security advisor made the remarks in light of more than eighty people who have started demonstrations in the locality of Röszke. Bakondi said that a "Soros organization” arrived at the scene with organized transport
The Hungarian government is not closing down any universities, and that includes the Soros university. All the Hungarian government would like is for every university to enjoy a level playing field, and if someone would like to enjoy special privileges, such as issuing a diploma from outside Europe, then there must be an international agreement concerning that fact
Members of the European Parliament are so worried about the activities of certain foreign-funded NGOs that they’re calling for the EU to cut public funding for NGOs "demonstrably disseminating untruths". Others question "democratic legitimacy" of NGOs.
Something strange is happening with Transparency International. The international NGO that made a name for itself for its “global coalition against corruption” has remained rather tight-lipped about why it decided in January to strip accreditation from its US affiliate, denying it the use of the TI name and logo.
Amnesty International has just released its annual report called “The State of the World’s Human Rights.” This once-lauded international human rights organization was founded in 1961 as an advocate for the prisoner of conscience, those “imprisoned, tortured or executed because [of their] opinions or religion.” Amnesty is a far cry from that today.
The foreign minister said there was a clear demand for politics to be transparent. He argued that in this case transparency should be demanded of all organizations that influence public affairs, including NGOs, “because the people have a right to know whom these NGOs, whom these organizations actually represent”
In what is becoming an annual tradition, POLITICO Europe has published a list of 28 people “who are shaping, shaking and stirring Europe.” Each of the 28 representing an EU member state, it’s a thoughtful and provocative list and no less so with the editors’ pick this year from Hungary.
International relations has its political dimension. Certain interests will support a government or oppose it motivated by a political agenda. That’s understandable. But when purely partisan politics becomes the most important driving force behind bilateral or multilateral relations among sovereign, independent countries, then we’ve got a serious problem.
Internationale Beziehungen haben eine politische Dimension. Gewisse Interessengruppen unterstützen eine Regierung oder lehnen sie ab – je nach der politischen Agenda. Das ist verständlich. Aber wenn reine Parteipolitik zur treibenden Kraft hinter bilateralen oder multilateralen Beziehungen zwischen souveränen, unabhängigen Ländern wird, haben wir ein ernsthaftes Problem.