Hungary launches campaign targeting Jean-Claude Juncker

EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, welcomes George Soros, prior to a meeting in Brussels | Olivier Hoslet/AFP via Getty Images

Hungary launches campaign targeting Jean-Claude Juncker

Commission president, along with Hungarian-American George Soros, are focus of new anti-Brussels drive.


2/18/19, 10:42 PM CET

Updated 4/19/19, 1:17 AM CET

The Hungarian government launched a new taxpayer-funded campaign Monday aimed at European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Hungarian-American businessman George Soros, accusing Brussels of pushing migration plans that “threaten Hungary’s security.”

“You also have the right to know what Brussels is preparing for!” says a poster bearing photos of Juncker and Soros, shared by the government’s official Facebook page.

“The government is launching an information campaign on Brussels’ migration incentivizing plans. Everyone has the right to know what are the actual proposals, which fundamentally threaten Hungary’s security,” the government wrote in its Facebook post.

“They want to introduce mandatory resettlement quotas. They want to weaken member states’ right to border protection. They would ease immigration with migrant visas,” the poster adds, with small letters at the bottom indicating that it was prepared by order of the Hungarian government.

The poster is the latest in a series of taxpayer-funded, anti-Brussels and anti-Soros campaigns, but is the first to directly use the image of Juncker, who like Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party is a member of the center-right European People’s Party.

Soros, whose Open Society Foundations fund human rights initiatives in Europe, has become the main target of Orbán’s campaigns, with critics accusing the prime minister of playing into anti-Semitic themes.

In recent years, the Hungarian government has spent millions of euros on political advertising, with critics raising concerns that the money is being funneled to media outlets close to the ruling party.

Lili Bayer 

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