George Soros, known as much around the world for his billionaire backing of pet projects as for his image as an enemy of free markets and Western-style capitalism, has been accused by Hungary’s prime minister of sparking and fueling a refugee crisis that will topple Europe.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban called Soros one of several “activists” trying to take down the European Union via mass immigration from Middle Eastern regions, Bloomberg reported.
Orban said, in an interview on the public radio outlet, Kossuth: “His name is perhaps the strongest example of those who support anything that weakens nation states, they support everything that changes the traditional European lifestyle. These activists who support immigrants inadvertently become part of this international human-smuggling network.”
Orban has drawn the fire of liberal civil-rights groups for constructing a razor wire fence along the border and for tightening laws granting asylum to those from other nations. Orban has also been slammed for siding with those who want to stem the tide of migrants heading into European Union nations from Syria and other Mideast regions.
Soros hails from Hungary. His website GeorgeSoros.com touts him as a “prominent international supporter of democratic ideals and causes” as well as the leading figure behind the Open Society Foundation, an organization that funds various causes.
But critics decry Soros as little more than a left-wing activist, intent on using his billions of dollars to topple governments and bring about his socialist-minded visions around the world.
He’s also been tied to corrupt business dealings.
The Blaze in a guest post in 2012 reported: “Soros is reviled abroad and criticized here in his adopted country [of America]. Most everywhere Soros, his foundations or his investing have gone, trouble has followed. He’s helped foment revolutions, undermined national currencies and funded radicals around the world. Soros has been convicted of insider dealing in France and fined $3 million, fined another $2 million in his native Hungary. His foundations have been accused of shielding spies and breaking currency laws and his investing strategy has been targeted for harming several national currencies.”