The government fails to disprove that its anti-Soros campaign is just a farce

The government could easily catch George Soros if they really wanted to. Instead, they conduct a pointless (and most likely unlawful but unethical at best) campaign against the organizations somehow funded by Mr Soros. Jobbik condemns the activities of the US-Hungarian businessman but stands for the rule of law – and the government is unable to address the party’s concerns.

The latest duel between Jobbik and the government, more specifically MP István Szávay and state secretary Bence Rétvári, was fought in the Tuesday session of the Hungarian National Assembly. It is certainly an interesting confrontation considering that Jobbik does not on any account want to protect Mr Soros, so if they have a different opinion in this matter than the government, it must have a reason. It indeed does, and it’s hard to refute.

In his speech, Mr Szávay said that while the government’s intention could be legitimate and supportable, all it did was construct an over-hysterized and primitive  case to wear out the Parliament and the public as well. The MP said the government should finally  declare its intention: should the CEU stay or should it go? So far the government has adopted both positions,  just at different places and times.

He also made the anti-Soros campaign simple: if the government truly believes that the financier interferes into Hungarian domestic affairs in a harmful way, then it should press charges against him for establishing or leading an organization aiming to overturn the constitutional order of Hungary, for example. “If the government fails to do so however, it will be clear that it has no other intention than to incite hysteria,” Mr Szávay added, emphasizing that there were no theoretical differences between Jobbik and the government’s views on Mr Soros’ activities. Furthermore, there is no difference in their opinions that the operation of foreign-funded organizations must be transparent.

However, they do have a difference of opinion on what measures are lawful and can have significant consequences. The politician of the largest opposition party once again pointed out that “Lex CEU” may provide grounds for anti-Hungarian efforts in Romania, since if the Transylvanian Hungarian universities were treated the same way as Budapest treats the CEU, then the Hungarian government would have no grounds for opposition.

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