Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has stressed that the possible nomination of Frans Timmermans for European Commission president could be rejected solely because he is “George Soros’s man”.
During an interview with the V4NA news agency on Monday, the Prime Minister said the main reason for the Visegrad countries not supporting him is because “he is a fighter of ideologies and he is against anyone who has a different view of the world.”
PM Orbán referred to developments at the recent European Union summit as “thrillerlike”, and insisted that “some European leaders” including Timmermans, spitzenkandidat of the European Socialists and Democrats, and Manfred Weber, that of the European People’s Party, have “decided that the EC should be led by an unfaltering supporter of the NGO network of George Soros and of liberal democracy”.
“They have found a real fighter, Timmermans… who would not tolerate any views different from his own or deviating from liberal democracy,” PM Orbán insisted.
The Prime Minister warned that “if that group captures the EC president’s chair, they will finance from that position, Soros’s NGOs for many years and will try and restructure central European societies especially in terms of migration”. He added that “several of us” including the EPP, Hungary and the V4 group is working to “stop that process.”
PM Orbán argued that Timmermans, if elected EC president, would “introduce east-west divisions in the EU, causing huge problems”. The Visegrad countries want an EC president who will promote cooperation and compromises between east and west, he added.
On Sunday, the EPP decided that Timmermans “could in no way be EC president” and that the EPP should delegate somebody to the post, even if that person is other than Weber, PM Orbán said.
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