Patrick Goodenough — CNS News April 24, 2017
European Union bureaucrats are “in alliance” with billionaire financier George Soros in an attempt to flood Europe with refugees and migrants, Hungary’s outspoken prime minister charged at the weekend, saying each E.U. member-state should be empowered to control its own borders.
“We can never be loyal to ideas, people or groups that aim to change European culture,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a speech at a cultural festival in Romania.
Hungarian state news agency MTI quoted him as saying the culture of migrants coming into the continent “is in sharp contrast to European culture,” pointing as an example to gender equality norms in Europe compared to Islamic societies in which women have a subordinate role.
Orban said Hungary’s border fences would stymie the campaign by the E.U. “bureaucratic elite” and Soros to expand Muslim migration into Europe.
The E.U., he said, must regain its independence from Soros’ “empire.”
Orban’s government has long been critical of the Hungarian-American chairman of the Open Society Foundations, who last fall called on Europe to take in “several hundred thousand” screened refugees and pledged to invest $500 million in support.
Orban’s new attack on the E.U. institutions comes amid deepening disputes between Brussels and the four eastern European member states known as the Visegrad group – Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – which have refused to cooperate with a E.U. refugee “relocation and resettlement” quota scheme.
Orban said “Brussels bureaucrats” and Soros wanted to weaken the group, which they view as an obstacle to implementing the “Soros plan.”
The four Visegrad countries, once part the Soviet-dominated Warsaw Pact, are relative newcomers to the E.U., having joined in 2004.
“Here in eastern Europe, 27 years ago we thought that Europe would be our future,” Orban said, referring to the period of the Soviet Union’s disintegration in 1990-1. “Now we think that we are Europe’s future.”