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Orbán caves on Soros billboards, but doesn’t apologize

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Analysis. The billboards, which depict George Soros and Jean-Claude Juncker as part of a Brussels conspiracy, will be removed. But Orbán’s feud with the European People’s Party (of which his party and Juncker both belong) threatens to split the conservative alliance apart.

written by Massimo Congiu

Topic European Union


March 10, 2019

The faces of George Soros and Jean-Claude Juncker, depicted as laughing heartily behind the backs of us poor Europeans, should finally disappear from state-sponsored billboards on Hungarian streets by March 15. At least this is what the authorities in Budapest have announced, after being the object of by criticism from the European People’s Party (EPP) for their campaign featuring anti-European messages.

The Hungarian government has been blaming Soros and Juncker for uncontrolled immigration, which, according to the Orbán government, is putting the survival of Europe and its “Christian identity” at risk. “You also have the right to know what Brussels has in store,” reads the message on these billboards, found on many walls and streets throughout the country.

Orbán’s style of criticism against EU policies is........

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