Hungary’s new ‘assessment’ targets old foes

Sallie Anderson

The Hungarian federal government is introducing a new national study asking residents if they concur with its battles with the EU over migration, “debt slavery”, and procedures attending to the coronavirus crisis.

The Hungarian government unveiled a set of 13 concerns on Monday (8 June) – varying from the management of the coronavirus pandemic to migration.

It is the 8th so-called national assessment, an interaction tool the Hungarian federal government has actually formerly utilized to rally advocates and control the political program.

The new study targets familiar foes of prime minister Viktor Orban’s federal government, such as “Brussels”, migrants and Hungarian-born United States billionaire benefactor George Soros.

One preamble to a concern mentions that “Brussels is preparing to attack the rules of the Hungarian constitution on immigration. They want to force us to change the provisions of our basic law prohibiting migration”.

Then the concern is positioned: “Do you agree that the Hungarian government should stick to the rules banning immigration at the cost of an open conflict with Brussels?”

There is no indicator which prepares or propositions the concerns describes, or which parts of the Hungarian constitution restricts migration.

Another concern handles the a current European Court of Justice decision specifying that holding asylum candidates at transit zones at Hungary’s southern border total up to “detention” and they must be launched.

Hungarian authorities consequently launched asylum-seekers from the transit zones and moved them to open reception centres.

The study mentions that, according to the court’s judgment, “migrants must also be allowed into the country at the time of the epidemic”, which – it declares – becomes part of another strategy by Soros to bring a million migrants to the EU.

“Do you agree that the government should continue to take action against immigration and maintain strict protection of the Hungarian border?,” the concern consequently asks.

Another problem associates with alleviating the financial fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

It declares that Soros proposes that EU member states secure loans in continuous bonds, including”experts say this would push nations into debt slavery”


“Do you reject Goerge Soros’s plan to indebted Hungary for an unpredictable period of time?,” the study asks.

Soros has in May supported the concept of perpetual bonds, and a Spanish proposition on the EU recovery fund likewise recommended continuous financial obligation.

However the EU Commission’s propositions on moneying the coronavirus recovery efforts did not consist of continuous bonds. It consists of repaying long-lasting loans till 2058″at least”


Orban has actually formerly criticised prepare for the commission to take on loans to fund the recovery and for the EU to make a relocation towards mutualised financial obligation.

The intro to another concern criticises the EU’s firm, the European Centre for Illness Avoidance and Control and asks residents whether they concur that Hungary need its own long-term epidemiological tracking service.

Another concern asks if “banks and multinationals should also contribute to the costs of control during the epidemic” without providing any information, while another asks if”domestic products and domestic services should be encouraged”


The survey is sent out to every Hungarian person, who are then asked to return their responses by 15 August.

From an overall of around 8 million citizens, earlier such surveys got in between 700,000 and 2.5 million reactions.

The 2017 ‘Stop Brussels’ assessment

The studies are implied to get citizens’ viewpoints on problems, however previous surveys had actually been criticised for leading, politically-charged concerns and having actually restricted responses.

A 2017 assessment called “Stop Brussels” by the Hungarian federal government made an in-depth rebuttal from the commission.

When inquired about the current study, a representative with the EU executive informed EUobserver that”the commission is aware of the new national consultation announced by the Hungarian government and follows the situation closely”


“The current challenges that the EU is facing – whether it is fighting the pandemic, ensuring economic recovery or managing migration – are common challenges. The only way to address them is by working together, in a spirit of cooperation and European solidarity,” the representative stated, including that”organising referenda or national consultations is a matter for member states”


Hungary’s federal government stated it would restore the much-criticised emergency situation powers it was given throughout the pandemic.

Civil liberties organisations, however, have warned that the expense ending the power to rule by decree is shifting a few of the bothersome arrangements of the original legislation.

Since Tuesday (9 June), 4,017 people had actually been contaminated with Covid-19 and 550 passed away from the illness in Hungary, according to official figures.

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