The fight between Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and US financier George Soros (of Hungarian origin) is reaching ever greater proportions.
The party of Prime Minister Orban sent a pamphlet to voters last month which has been widely discussed in the local press. It states several statements that have been attributed to Soros and concludes by saying that Mr. Soros aims to enforce the European Union politicians to accept about a million migrants a year and pay each of them thousands of euros.
The upcoming election campaign of Mr. Orban’s Fidesz party has placed a series of huge billboards all over Hungarian cities, stating: “Don’t let Soros have the last laugh” whilst showing a laughing Soros in black and white. People have written in graffiti “stinking Jew” on them.
Today, in a long statement, the US-Hungarian financier denounced all of the statements attributed to him as “distortions and lies.
86-year-old George Soros is a Hungarian-born Jew who has long praised the European Union for allowing open borders and the entry of migrants. This has put him at odds with many Eastern European governments in recent years, as they have, just as most of the western European countries, turned ever more right wing and protective of their own cultural identities.
The government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is very much sided against Mr. Soros’ plan for allowing more immigrants into Europe.
A statement issued by Soros’s Open Society Foundations read: “The statements contain distortions and outright lies that deliberately mislead Hungarians about George Soros’s views on migrants and refugees.”
“With Hungary’s health care and education systems in distress and corruption rife, the current government has sought to create an outside enemy to distract citizens. The government selected George Soros for this purpose.”
The Open Society Foundations furthermore the Hungarian government in Budapest of “stoking anti-Muslim sentiment and employing anti-Semitic tropes reminiscent of the 1930s.”