Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban launched an attack against American billionaire George Soros in a speech in front of the European Parliament. Hungary sparked controversy after government proposed a legislation that aims to shut down Soros funded university in Budapest.
Orban appeared in the European Parliament to defend his government’s legislation after the EU launched a legal action against Budapest. Orban said that Brussels is defending a financial speculator who had destroyed the lives of millions of Europeans.
The Budapest-based Central European University, funded by American billionaire, is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Central Europe, but under the proposed legislation, those working at CEU will in future require work permits, which the institution says will limit its ability to hire staff.
The EU Commission had announced it was sending a formal notice of an infringement proceeding over an alleged breach by the Hungarian government of CEU’s right to exist and serve its students.
Orban rejected the claims that the country’s higher education laws were aimed to shut down the Central European University.
Hungarian PM went on to attack George Soros in a scathing speech.
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.
He is still highly regarded and warmly received here at the highest levels. But this is no reason to condemn us with untruths. Fairness is not a question of the size of the country.
“There can be no special privileges, and no one may stand above the law – not even George Soros’s people,” he said.
Orban also added that: “George Soros is spending endless amounts of money to support illegal immigration.”
On immigration, Orban reaffirmed his opposition to mandatory quotas for settling migrants in Hungary.
“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,” he said. “The decision on who we live with can only be made by the Hungarian citizens.”
Under Orban’s government, Hungary has adopted a tough stance on illegal immigration, which caused confrontation with Brussels. Opponent at home and abroad have accused Orban of suppressing media freedoms and undermining democracy in Hungary.
Orban has brushed off the accusations and defended his country’s right to protect its borders and sovereignty.