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Jan 25, 2019

PM Orbán: The EP’s debate on the rule of law in Hungary will be a “George Soros-type seance"

The prime minister said he had always fought for “the Hungarian national interest” but he would not aid and abet next week’s “pro-migration campaign event” in Brussels

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said the European Parliament’s debate on the rule of law in Hungary will be a “George Soros-type seance, an election rally, a campaign event”.

During his regular interview slot on Kossuth Radio, the prime minister said he had always fought for “the Hungarian national interest” but he would not aid and abet next week’s “pro-migration campaign event” in Brussels.

PM Orbán said the European left wing’s Spitzenkandidat, Frans Timmermans, who is currently the first Vice-President of the European Commission, is “Soros’s man”, referring to the American-Hungarian billionaire. “Soros is now open about wanting to take over European institutions,” the prime minister said.

The progress of the infringement procedures against Hungary, which the commission decided to step up on Thursday, is also a sign of Soros’s big influence “and that he wants to increase it even further,” PM Orbán said. The prime minister said these attempt should be thwarted at May’s EP election, “where we want pro-migration MEPs to be left in minority,” he added.

Regarding the EP’s decision to triple the funding of “Soros’s NGOs”, PM Orbán said that this was “a decision executing point six of the Soros-plan”. The initiative to couple funding with the rule of law in member states was a “primitive proposal” contrary to EU rules, he said.