Hungary’s interests should be protected “with increased emphasis against George Soros and his network”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio on Friday morning.
“Soros has attacked Hungary several times but what he has just done, with assistance from Hungary’s left wing, goes too far for the country to pocket with a shrug,” the prime minister said in his interview.
Soros is working in Brussels “to harm Hungarians wherever he can”, Orbán insisted. “It is not right that we are just sitting here, fending off these attacks and pretending as if it were a matter of course,” he added.
Orbán also said it had required “great feats” for him to prevent Soros from “causing Hungary damage to the tune of many billions of euros”.
Orbán went on to say that the European Parliament “seeks to take over leadership of the European Union”. He argued that “MEPs think that the EU is Brussels alone” while prime ministers of the bloc consider Brussels a “place for negotiations rather than [the EU’s] centre” and “the EU is where the national capitals are”.
“Behind the EP there is a network and that’s where Soros and his people come into the picture; they have built strong positions in the EP,” Orbán said.