Hungary’s pro-Trump, populist government is pushing Soros by attacking

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s involvement in a RAID on George Soros’ organization.


Hungary’s populist government is to win full of confidence after a comfortable election in April, and stepped up with the tough policy in the field of immigration and fight against the influence of the left wing of the Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros.

President Trump spoke with Prime Minister Viktor Orban last week, congratulated him on the formation of the new government.

According to a readout from the White house, the two “agreed on the need for strong national borders” and promised that the relations between the two countries.

While Orban’s Fidesz party had been expected to win the election, had analysts warned that the party could violate the decision of the campaign almost exclusively on the question of mass migration, its position as voters focus was somewhere else. Damaging allegations of corruption and authoritarianism by human rights groups also risk, Fidesz party in the polls.

But Fidesz’ focus paid off, and the party emerged with a strong majority in the Hungarian Parliament. Now, the populist government is cracking down not only on immigration, but also the influence of Soros, the Orban has accused of leading a “mercenary army,” about his non-governmental groups.

“George Soros had a clear goal, to beat them, this government to the fire of this government, but this was not very successful, let me formulate,” Hungarian foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Fox News in an interview in New York.

On Wednesday, the Hungarian Parliament, the “Stop Soros” bill, including a measure, to organize so that it is illegal for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), illegal immigration in the country. Such an organization may be in the range of financial support for the distribution and processing of information and brochures.


The law would punish people, such as activities with up to 12 months in prison. In addition, the government has floated a 25-percent tax on all foreign funding for NGOs, the migrants.

“This increased protection is necessary because of mass immigration, Europe is continuously to create the Soros network, and the pro-immigration policy of Brussels, the danger of trying to swamp our country with migrants,” Orban’s office said in a statement.

While the legislation in each non-goals non-governmental Organisation, Szijjarto clear who is the government alignment: “Soros is the number one of the organizers of such activities.”

Soros is in the crosshairs of the Hungarian government.


The government of the anti-Soros activities and rhetoric have not gone unnoticed. Soros’ Open Society Foundation, his office has moved to Budapest to Berlin to the, what she described as a “repressive political and legal environment.”

“The government of Hungary has denigrated and misrepresented and our work, and suppressed civil society for the sake of political gain, a tactic unprecedented in the history of the European Union,” Patrick Gaspard, President of the Open Society Foundations and a former Obama White House political affairs director, said in a statement last month.

“The so-called Stop Soros package of laws is just the latest in a series of such attempts. It has become impossible to ensure the safety for our company and our employees in Hungary against arbitrary interference by the government.”

Amnesty International’s Europe Director told The New York Times that the new law marked “a new low in an intensifying crackdown on civil society, and it is something that we resist every step of the way.”

Hungary has for a long time, a pariah in the eyes of the European Union and the United Nations, and was one of the few governments to have first of all to push back against the opening of Europe’s borders during the 2015 migration crisis.

But it has also drawn in the vicinity of the trump card of the administration, and welcomes in that some of the comparisons of the trump movement, that it has built to secure a fence on the border and the troops. Szijjarto met recently with Secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Washington, the first such meeting in six years, in which the State Department said they discussed, increased American investment in Hungary, as well as a defense cooperation agreement.

The Hungarian government is likely to be, inspired by Trump’s criticism of liberal immigration policy in Europe, particularly in Germany.

“The big mistake made in the whole of Europe, millions of people changed so dramatically and violently to their culture.” Trump tweeted on Monday.

The people in Germany turn against the leadership, since the migration is rocking the already fragile coalition in Berlin. Crime in Germany is gone. Big mistake made in the whole of Europe, millions of people changed so dramatically and violently to their culture!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018

Speaking of Fox News, Szijjarto, echoed a similar sentiment and said that the cessation of mass migration, not only about the economy, but also about safety and culture.

“We don’t want to be a post-national and post-Christian European Union. We want to have a Christian European Union on the basis of a strong member States,” he said.

Orban’s dominance in Hungary comes as a populist selected tables and nationalist parties are significant gains throughout the continent.

Italy have recently launched a populist government, which has decided to installed a hard-line on immigration, while in Germany the Chancellor Angela Merkel is scrambling their fragile coalition together in the midst of tribal feuds, on migration policy.

Adam Shaw is a political Reporter and occasional opinion writer for He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.

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