Orban also said that while Hungary opposed taking in migrants “who could change the country’s cultural identity,” he said that under his leadership Hungary would remain a place where “Western European Christians will always be able to find security.”
“In the upcoming campaign, first of all we have to confront external powers,” Orban said at a cultural festival in the small mountain resort of Baile Tusnad, Romania.Soros has become a key target of Orban and his government. Recent legislation seeks to close or expel the Budapest-based Central European University, founded by Soros in 1991. There are also new rules about non-governmental organizations funded at least partly from abroad. Critics say that the new regulations stigmatize the NGOs, many of which are backed by Soros’ Open Society Foundations, and are meant to delegitimize them.
“We have to stand our ground against the Soros mafia network and the Brussels bureaucrats. And, during the next nine months, we will have to fight against the media they operate.”
Orban reiterated his charge that Soros-funded NGOs want to weaken Hungary’s security with their advocacy for asylum-seekers, while Hungary had managed to stop the “migrant invasion” with the fences protected by razor-wire built on the borders of Serbia and Croatia.
“He answered that he chooses Marlene Dietrich,” Orban said with a laugh.Orban first expressed his support for Trump, then a presidential candidate, a year ago at the same event in Romania, while Putin has visited Hungary twice in two years. Hungary is expanding its energy ties with Moscow, including Russia’s construction of new reactors at Hungary’s only nuclear power plant.
“What I want to say with this is that you can’t give a good answer to a bad question.”
Orban said “Hungarian interests” would be the “guiding star” of the country’s foreign policy, not “Trump, Putin or Merkel.”
He said Hungary’s low birth rate made the country an “endangered species,” and that the government was using taxes on multinational companies in Hungary to fund social policies and spur families to have more children.