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Hungarian people want to 'stop Soros,' says Orban

12 Апреля 2018

Fidesz, in a coalition with the smaller Christian Democratic People's Party, has held a two-thirds supermajority in Parliament for the past eight years, allowing it to change the constitution without a referendum.

The official noted that the new parliament, which could be formed by the end of April, could adopt the new legislation among its first initiatives.

A corresponding bill has been a part of Orban's anti-immigration campaign, targeting U.S. billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, who has been promoting a policy of open borders for migrants in Eastern Europe.

The government's "Stop Soros" bill submitted to parliament before the election would impose a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that the government says back migration in Hungary.

One non-governmental organisation described the prospect of the bill as "terrifyingly serious".

Soros has rejected the government campaign against him as "distortions and lies" meant to create a false external enemy.

Orban believes the re-election triumph has given him a "strong mandate" to tackle the problems that concern Hungarians the most, he said on Tuesday. While Merkel said in a congratulatory letter to Orban that he can count on Germany as a "reliable partner" in European and bilateral matters, her chief spokesman referenced divisions. European Union leaders have warned those laws would undermine the country's democracy.

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"President Juncker and the Commission feel that defending these principles and defending these values is the common duty of all member states with no exception".

Orban also said the government had not yet discussed the issue of George Soros' Budapest-based Central European University, which announced on Monday an agreement to open a new satellite campus in neighbouring Vienna.

Right-wing leaders in Europe were quick to congratulate Orban. Nationalist Jobbik won 26 seats, while the Socialists were projected in third with 20 lawmakers. "This is terrifyingly serious".

Poland and Hungary see each other as key allies in their battles with European Union institutions.

Orbán's government has been accused at home and overseas of centralizing power and undermining democratic checks and balances, with the OSCE also raising concerns following the 2014 parliamentary election.

"Well, the government has successfully implemented its hate campaign".

In the capital Budapest, where Fidesz won only six out of 18 voting districts, some were disappointed on Monday morning. "They planted hatred in people's heart, which is very sad", said Balazs Bansagi, 45, a quality controller.

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Hungarian people want to 'stop Soros,' says Orban