US financier George Soros heavily criticised Hungary’s government, when speaking to journalists at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Among other things, Soros said that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban based his re-election on demonising him, and that the ideas attributed to him in the national consultation about the “Soros plan”.
Soros said that Orban is very effective in making his “mafia state” work. The financier has used this term several times before; he recently told Financial Times that he took this term from former liberal education minister Balint Magyar. Soros also told FT that “Orban started really going wrong when he made his father rich by giving him a quasi-monopoly on road-building materials, which was a big source of wealth. That’s when [Orban] started building a mafia state. It’s really when he actually gained power.”
Speaking in Davos Soros made a remark which particularly caught the interest of the Hungarian press. He said Orban “bought up” the Socialist Party (MSZP) and that he has spies in every new, small party which could attract the voters.