by Tim Brown, Freedom OutPost:
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban took aim at billionaire George Soros on Wednesday, saying that he was threatening the peace of Europe by running a “mafia network” of Non-Governmental Organizations.
We reported in April that Orban was under attack by the European Union after they took legal action against him for Hungary’s education laws that sought to close the Budapest-based Central European University.
According to The Telegraph:
The Hungarian government has introduced tough measures for foreign-registered universities, a move that has been attacked by CEU as one of the most serious assaults on academic freedom since the end of the second world war.
Under the legislation, those working at CEU will in future require work permits, which the institution says will limit its ability to hire staff. The government has also demanded that the university open a wing in America and that it no longer teach US-accredited courses.
The European commission’s first vice-president, Frans Timmermans, said he expected the Hungarian government to respond within a month to the formal notice, which demands an explanation and remedy. He further warned Orbán that other laws his government had recently proposed relating to non-governmental organisations and the treatment of asylum seekers on Hungary’s border were “on our radar”.
At that time, Orban said, “I know that the power, size and weight of Hungary is much smaller than that of the financial speculator, George Soros, who is now attacking Hungary. Despite ruining the lives of millions of European with his financial speculations, being penalized in Hungary for speculations, and who is an openly admitted enemy of the euro, he is so highly praised that he is received by the EU’s top leaders.”
“George Soros and his NGOs want to transport one million migrants to the EU per year,” he added. “He has personally, publicly announced this program and provides a financial loan for it. You could read this yourselves. We reject this, we do not want to lose the right of national ratemaking for public utilities, because we fear that this would increase the burdens of the people and once again lead to drastic price increases, from which Hungarian families have suffered enough.”
Orban went on to speak about the refugees that were flooding into his country, and how it all tied together.
“Our position is clear: we do not want, and do not think it is in accordance with the founding treaties of the Union, to settle migrants in our country in a mandatory way,” Orban said. “The decision on who we live with can only be made by the Hungarian citizens.”
“We talk clearly and unambiguously, so everyone can understand, even if we know that this may not appeal to everyone,” he continued. “We on the other hand are irritated by the restrained political language, unable to name things for what they are, that has become widespread in European public life nowadays.”
Of the CEU founder, George Soros, Orban said he was destroying millions of lives.
“We are not as big and powerful as you are and as big and powerful as George Soros the American financial speculator attacking Hungary, who has destroyed the lives of millions of Europeans with his financial speculations, who has been fined for speculation in Hungary, and who is an open enemy of the euro,” said Orban.
“He is still highly regarded and warmly received here at the highest levels,” Orban added. “But this is no reason to condemn us with untruths. Fairness is not a question of the size of the country.”
While Soros recently praised Hungarians who opposed Orban for what he said was “the deception and corruption of the mafia state the Orban regime has established,” the Prime Minister responded that Soros’ “mafia network” was what was threatening the peace of Europe by promoting mass immigration.
“The truth is that George Soros is a speculator who operates an extensive mafia network, and who is threatening Europe’s peace and future,” Orban said. “For him migration is good business, and it would be even better business if we stopped resisting it.”
He went on to accuse Soros of being the EU’s legal actions against him and his country.