The far-left billionaire George Soros, in a rare speech to the May European elections, issued a warning that he calls a "sleeping pro-European majority". He said Europe must first "wake up" it is too late "and before nationalist parties take control.
"Europe has fallen into sleepwalking sleep, and people in Europe need to wake up before it's too late," wrote the Hungarian-American financier, known for his promotion of leftist politics, for Project Syndicate.
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Soros is something of a bogeyman in right-wing circles because he has been funding for left-leaning purposes in both Europe and the US. Hungary's nationalist government has recently adopted a "Stop Soros" package to restrict its activities through its Open Society Foundations Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) need to organize illegal immigration into the country.
Last year, British media reported that Soros had provided $ 560,000 for a campaign against Brexit, leading to allegations by the Brexiteers that he was part of an international plan to stop Brexit and overthrow the government.
But while nationalist and right-wing parties are on the rise in Europe, Soros triggers its own alarm bells. In his speech, he claims that "anti-European forces" will have a competitive advantage in May if the members of the European Parliament are elected. He accuses the "outdated party system" and "the lack of legal instruments to discipline Member States that violate the principles on which the European Union was founded."
"The obsolete party system hampers those who want to preserve the values on which the EU was founded, but it helps those who want to replace those values with something completely different," he writes. "This applies to individual countries and above all to trans-European alliances.
While the European Parliament tends to lean towards issues such as national independence, spending and immigration to the left, this seems to be changing with the populist wave across the continent.
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In Hungary, Viktor Orban's Fidesz party, running on an anti-mass migration platform, won a supermajority last year. In Italy last year, a Nationalist League coalition government and the populist 5-star movement won. In the UK, the Conservative Party is driving its plan to leave the E.U. continue ahead. End of March.
Also in Austria and the Czech Republic, right-wing governments won elections last year. Meanwhile, more globalist-thinking leaders are fighting, such as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Macron's approval ratings have fallen, and Paris has been plagued by weekly "yellow vest" protests. Despite Germany's re-election in 2017, Merkel has promised to resign as Chancellor before the next federal elections – and is also fighting against an up-and-coming right-wing alternative for Germany (AfD).
Description of the current E.U. Leadership as "commemorates the Politburo when the Soviet Union collapsed," Soros says it's hard to see how pro-E.U. Parties can win in May "if they do not put Europe's interests before their own."
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"The first step in protecting Europe from its internal and external enemies is to recognize the extent of the threat they pose," he writes. "The second is arouse and mobilize the dormant pro-European majority to defend the values on which the EU was founded."
"Otherwise, the dream of a united Europe could become a nightmare of the 21st century," he warns.