The opposition Socialists on Friday denied US financier George Soros’s recent remarks that they had been “bought up” by Fidesz. The ruling party also slammed Soros’s speech.
The Socialists described Soros’s statement made at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday as “empty accusation”. “Fidesz says we are in Soros’s pocket and Soros says Fidesz has bought up the Socialists,” the Socialists said. Soros should know it better how difficult it is to defend yourself against baseless lies, the party said.
So far, the Socialists have withdrawn 47 candidates and formed an alliance with partners in order to overthrow Fidesz, demonstrating that they have paid a serious price with a view to replacing the government, it added.”After this, one can make empty accusations, but those are parts of a fairytale, similarly to the non-existent Soros plan,” the Socialists said.
Gergely Gulyas, parliamentary group leader of ruling Fidesz, has slammed Soros over his speech which he called Hungary a “mafia state”. Gulyas called Soros’s speech “yet another attack against Hungary’s sovereignty”. He said the billionaire had made it clear in his speech that his views on Hungary’s upcoming election are “based on his own interests” and that “he believes not in the power of the people but in the power of money”.
“We already knew that he [Soros] wants to influence Hungarian political life… that he wants to influence Hungarian politics by putting his faith in financial resources rather than democracy,” Gulyas said.
But in Hungary, regardless of whether or not one agrees with the cabinet’s decisions, it is up to the voters to decide who will represent them in parliament and who will get to form a government, he insisted. Gulyas said that irrespective of political leanings, everyone in Hungary should be outraged when someone refers to their country as a “mafia state”. The group leader said that the Hungarian government “indeed poses an obstacle to Brussels’s pro-migration policy” which he said saw Europe’s future in migration rather than effective family policies.
Asked about Soros’s claim that the opposition Socialist Party’s leaders had been ‘bought up’ by Fidesz, Gulyas called Soros’s remarks “untrue”. He said Soros was using “an old Bolshevik trick” to “accuse others of doing what he is doing”.
He said Hungary’s opposition parties had been on the same page with Soros in terms of their position on migration. Gulyas speculated that the reason why Soros was so “hard” on the opposition was because he saw little chance for a change in government. He said comments by Soros suggesting that there were “spies” in the smaller opposition parties as well were “signs of paranoia”.
Asked about Soros’s remark that Prime Minister Viktor Orban “started really going wrong when he made his father rich by giving him a quasi-monopoly on road-building materials”, Gulyas said “every word of it” was a lie. He said the company owned by the prime minister’s father barely employs more than thirty people and only wins 3 percent of the available development contracts, arguing that it could hardly be considered a monopoly.