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BUDAPEST, Hungary (ChurchMilitant.com) - Leftist attacks accusing the conservative leader of Hungary of an illegal power grab have failed after the European Commission concluded he did not violate any laws.
On April 29, a member of the European Commission noted Hungarian president Viktor Orbán did not violate any laws when on March 30 the Hungarian Parliament bequeathed him with unprecedented authority to combat the spread of the Wuhan virus.
Two weeks earlier, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen declared Hungary could face censures and the commission "is ready to act if the restrictions go beyond what is allowed."
She noted that nations taking emergency powers to deal with the Wuhan virus must be proportionate, have a time limit and be democratically controlled.
But the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, decided "there is no reason to start proceedings against Hungary," adding that it has not broken any laws.
Soros' Open Society Foundations (OSF), the New York-based organization he founded to fund leftist political efforts throughout the world, claimed Orbán "has authoritarian tendencies" and that he "will impose harsh restrictions on media freedoms and citizen mobility."
Mainstream news organizations like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian all followed suit, accusing the leader of being a dictator.
But he and Soros have been opposing each other's influence in Hungary for years, with Orbán remarking in 2017 he would use "all the tools at his disposal" to decrease Soros' influence in the country.
Soros was worth nearly $40 billion until he funneled $32 billion to OSF to fund his political efforts throughout the world. Through it, he has been promoting abortion, sterilization, LGBT ideology, migration, terrorism and socialism.
In January Orbán slammed Soros for "influencing European politics via his mafia-style network," calling him "the world's number-one oligarch."
The Hungarian prime minister, a Christian, also accused Soros of opposing Christianity — the bedrock of Western civilization — saying Soros "wants a mixed Christian-Muslim component in a new, modern Europe, which transcends Christianity and national emotions."
Hungary has been enmeshed in a crisis with the European Union and Muslim migrants, with the transnational organization trying to force Hungary to accept more migrants. Orbán and his ruling political party have been steadfastly refusing, calling migration the "wooden Trojan horse" of terrorism, based on evidence that Islamist terrorists are being smuggled in under the guise of migrants seeking aid.
"It is true that we are waist-deep in the struggle to protect this slice of our national sovereignty, but so far we have succeeded because until now, we have been the ones who decide who can live on Hungarian territory," Orbán said in 2017. "But the attack on our sovereignty that the European Parliament has now launched is fiercer than any previous one."
When President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, populist leaders felt bolstered on the world stage with Trump's "America First" policies.
Szilárd Németh, one of Hungary's four vice presidents, commented in January 2017:
Fake NGOs of the Soros empire are sustained to suppress national governments in favor of global capital and the world of political correctness. These organizations must be repressed by all means, and I think they must be culled altogether. I feel the international opportunity has arrived with the election of the new U.S. president.
Soros has dumped money into anti-government protests in Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, all in an attempt to change their policies to suit his leftist ends. Russian president Vladimir Putin banished Soros and any organizations connected to him for such reasons.
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