The Hungarian government headed by the Prime Minister Viktor Orban placed “shameful” billboards around the country depicting the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Alex Soros, the son of a pro-Ukrainian American billionaire and philanthropist George Soros. On the boards it is written “We will not dance to their tune,” reports Reuters.
The billboards are associated with the campaign ahead of the European Parliament elections in June 2024.
Similar billboards featuring von der Leyen’s predecessor Jean-Claude Juncker along with George Soros, drew the ire of Brussels in 2019.
The images were replete with anti-immigrant slogans, criticism of the Hungarian-American philanthropist Soros and photographs of Juncker. This led to the termination of the ruling Hungarian Fidesz party’s membership in the European People’s Party.
Hungary is expected to be in the spotlight at the next EU summit in mid-December as the EU country is most sympathetic to Russia and skeptical of plans to offer Ukraine a path to EU membership.
- On October 7, Orban and Putin met in China. The Hungarian prime minister said that his country “never wanted to confront Russia and is trying to save bilateral contacts.” After his meeting with Putin, Orban came under sharp criticism from other EU leaders.
- On 25 October, after Orbán compared Hungary’s EU membership to the Soviet occupation, the EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell stated that no one keeps Hungary in the European Union.
- Hungarian President Katalin Nowak, commenting on the relationship between Orban and Putin, said that “there cannot be a relationship between Hungary and Russia that undermines Budapest’s obligations to its allies.”
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