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Hungary prepares itself for a two-front war; invaders from the south and coronavirus

By ARTHUR LYONS

As the coronavirus spreads and migrant invaders make their way out of Turkey and head northwest toward continental Europe, it’s only a matter of time before thousands upon thousands of military-aged men are amassed at the Hungarian border – the gates of Europe’s Schengen Zone.

To protect the Hungarian people from both scourges, Viktor Orbán and the Hungarian government are taking preemptive action. During his weekly interview with Kossuth Radio, the Hungarian prime minister warned that given the fact that the virus had already spread throughout Italy and countries in the western Balkans, “it must be said that the virus will also appear in Hungary, and we are preparing for that eventuality.”

Orbán assured the people that his government was “on top of it, working 24 hours a day,” and that a special task force had been established a month ago that has all the technical capabilities and human resources required to fight the spread of the virus.

“All important information will be shared. The Hungarian team consists of internationally outstanding professionals,” Orbán said.

Despite the global pandemic recently dominating headlines, Orbán contends that the more imminent and existential threat that the civilized, western world faces is the unrelenting flow migrants from the global south, which includes the Middle East and Africa.

“Despite all the attention the coronavirus is attracting, migration remains a historical challenge. The upward flow [of migrants]from the south is a historical trend, and we stand in the way,” the Hungarian PM said.

As Voice of Europe reported on earlier today, the Turkish government announced that it would open its border with Syria and allow any and all migrants from the Middle East to pass through to reach Europe unimpeded.

Responding to the news, Orbán stressed that the virus was hardly the only imminent challenge Europe is facing.

“Where will the flow from the south be stopped? I have always maintained that the invasion of migratory masses is wave-like,” the Hungarian PM continued.

“The main question is where can we stop this wave coming from the south. I have always said that migration comes in waves. We should expect a new migration wave and mass attacks at Hungary’s border fence, and we must defend the Hungarian border.”
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Politicians call for Hungary to be punished by EU

Liberal politicians across the world have been quick to call for Hungary to be punished following the Hungarian government’s adoption of its emergency Coronavirus Protection Law on Monday, which gives Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s administration wide powers to deal with the pandemic without consulting Parliament.

Italy’s former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was among the chorus of voices who have called for the European Union to take action against Hungary. “I have been dreaming of a ‘United States of Europe’ for years,” he tweeted on Monday. “Precisely for this reason, I have the right, and the duty, to say that after what Orbán has done today, the European Union MUST act and make him change his mind. Or, simply, expel Hungary from the Union.”

Many members of the European Parliament voiced their objections as well. Spanish MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar was one of them. “This last legislative move is the last drop,” López said, according to a report by Euronews, adding that the move was “absolutely unacceptable.”

The European Parliament’s Socialists and Democrats group also tweeted that “with #COVID19 as a cover, PM Orbán is dismantling democracy in front of our eyes. Is indefinitely ruling by decree or limiting media freedom a measured response? Not in our book. As guardian of EU values, the European Commission has to respond to today’s vote in the Hungarian Parliament.”

Also in the EPP, Aura Salla, the Chairman of the EPP’s delegation from Finland’s National Coalition Party, told Politico that “none of these powers he has taken to himself are needed to fight corona. In the EU, free parliamentary democracy is one of the core values and we cannot look the other way. The EU must react, we should freeze EU funding for Hungary.”

And in Germany, Norbert Röttgen, Chair of the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), tweeted, “Orban’s state of emergency law effectively eliminates opposition. It’s a breach of basic principles that EU cannot accept. The European Commission has to act immediately. The EU26, including Germany, have to demonstrate that they will not tolerate this abuse of the Corona-crisis.” Röttgen is considered a candidate for leading the CDU.

Attacks on the Hungarian government were not limited to this side of the Atlantic, either. Susan Rice, the former US Ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, tweeted simply, “Kick Hungary out of the EU.”

The Hungarian government insists that the objections to its measures are based on a misunderstanding of what the new law actually says, and that the rule of law is not being infringed in any way, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.
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PM Orbán: George Soros is the most corrupt politician on the global scene

Billionaire financier George Soros, the most corrupt man in global politics, is now threatening Hungary and Poland, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his regular weekly interview on national station Kossuth Rádió on Friday.

"The most corrupt man in world politics, George Soros, pays a lot of politicians, including those who now want to blackmail Hungary and Poland with EU money," Orbán said.

He added that it is not an unusual phenomenon to be able to spread a lie about Hungary unscrupulously, but Soros' claim that there is no secret ballot in some rural settlements in Hungary "goes beyond everything".

He was referring to the fact that in an op-ed article entitled "Europe must stand up to Hungary and Poland" on Project Syndicate, a website largely financed by his Open Society Foundation, Soros wrote that "Orbán exercises almost total control over the countryside, where the majority of the population lives. He controls the information they receive, and voting in many villages is not secret. There is practically no way the opposition can prevail."

Referring to Thursday's European Union summit, Orbán said that "with regard to the EU background negotiations, several solutions are possible, but the point is that the legal aspect should not be decided by policy. For example, their regular ambassadors from Hungary, tear down the fence, but the union has no right to do so, there is no regulation that can change that."

He also said that "Soros now wants a law that would force a minority to impose this on the country... We are resisting this, we have a right to do so, but Brussels has no means of enforcing this, that is what Soros's paid minions want to change now."

Orbán added that "it is not about the Union wanting to give money to poorer member states, but about a common 30-year loan with common ground. If one country falls, the other countries will have to pay their debt. Hungary can raise money even without the union, as it is creditworthy independent of Brussels."

Orban also explained why his government was left with little choice but to veto the EU's seven-year budget and the coronavirus recovery fund, with the EU's decision to tie rule of law funding to EU funding representing a threat to the sovereignty to not only Hungary and Poland but all member states of the EU.

"Neither Hungary nor Poland are withdrawing subsidies with their veto," Orbán said.

According to Viktor Orbán, Hungary will not lose its share of the joint loan of the EU."

"We can implement all the developments. Development programs will be launched in the spring, independently of Brussels," Orbán said, adding that while he was not happy about the recent loan Hungary had to take out, the financial reserve was necessary because of the EU policy debate. The new loan was also made possible by expiration of one of the country’s previous loans, he said.
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