World Hungary's ultra-nationalist government launches consultation on COVID-19 and Soros

Hungary’s ultra-nationalist government launches consultation on COVID-19 and Soros

Budapest, Jun 9 (EFE) .- The Hungarian ultranationalist government launched a new “national consultation” on Tuesday, via a questionnaire with clearly suggestive questions, to question citizens on issues such as the fight against the coronavirus, the defense of national companies against speculators or the alleged plans of tycoon George Soros against the interests of Hungary.

“National consultation on the coronavirus and the reactivation of the economy”, is the official title of the consultation, the ninth since 2010, whose material will be sent this week to all homes in the Central European country, which can be answered between now and 15 August, by mail or online.

As these types of consultations – which the government presents as an instrument of supposed direct democracy – are not binding, they serve above all to mobilize supporters of the ruling Fidesz party and to dominate political discourse in the country, criticize analysts and opponents.

Most of the questions refer to the measures that the Government should take in the event of a new wave of infections with the coronavirus, such as the use of masks, movement restrictions and distancing, among others.

In addition, the government asks whether masks or respirators should be manufactured in Hungary or whether the executive should be given powers to defend Hungarian companies, hit by the crisis, against what it calls “foreign speculators.”

On the other hand, the government of ultra-nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán once again charges against its main enemy, the Hungarian-born American magnate and philanthropist George Soros.

“Do you reject George Soros’ plan that would indebted our country for an unpredictably long time?” Says a question, referring to the proposal that the EU issue “perpetual bonds” to get out of the current crisis.

Referring to the Hungarian government’s conflicts with Brussels over its immigration policy, the consultation includes two questions that seek support to continue with the hard line against any type of immigration.

“Brussels is preparing to attack the immigration rules established in the Constitution. They want to force us to change the provisions of the Constitution that prohibit immigration,” says the introduction to the last question.

Although the Government does not specify the alleged measures that Brussels is preparing, the Hungarian press considers that this question is related to the recent ruling of the European Justice.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in May that Hungary is holding on condition of “deprivation of liberty” asylum seekers near the border with Serbia. EFE


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