Hungary Demands EU Explain ‘Prepaid Bank Cards For Migrants’ Scheme

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14-11-18 07:26:00,

Hungarian officials want an explanation from the European Commission regarding a scheme to provide prepaid bank cards to thousands of migrants currently pushing their way into Europe.

Infowars Europe was one of the first English-language media outlets to report revelations emerging from the Balkans, where shopkeepers and law enforcement officers claimed that migrants amassing in Bosnia were using nameless bank cards embossed with MasterCard, UNHCR, and EU logos.

Those assertions were later reinforced by Austrian intelligence officials in statements provided to Kronen Zeitung last week.

The Hungarian goverment has apparently taken notice of these reports and is now demanding answers, contending that the program may be facilitating funding for terrorism.

“The ruling Fidesz and Christian Democrat parties have called on the European Commission to explain the reasoning behind prepaid debit cards issued to migrants,” the ruling coalition announced via state media outlet About Hungary.

“Earlier this week, Lajos Kósa, head of parliament’s defence and law enforcement committee, cited recent reports surrounding tens of thousands of prepaid debit cards made available to migrants by the European Commission and the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR.”

Migrants are receiving prepaid bank cards backed by the United Nations Refugee Agency and MasterCard . . .https://t.co/IcaqIDL7Un

— Dan Lyman ❌ (@CitizenAnalyst) November 1, 2018

Coalition spokesman István Hollik says, “the EC should explain the origins of the cards, the amounts deposited on them, and the reasons why the scheme was kept in secret.”

“The cards are said to be funded by moneys from the EU, the UN and US financier George Soros . . . raising the question whether member states have agreed to a scheme like that.”

In our original report, we detailed Soros’ likely ties to the scheme upon discovery of a 2017 MasterCard press release publicizing the launch of a partnership program with Soros called “Humanity Ventures,” which aimed to “catalyze and accelerate economic and social development for vulnerable communities around the world, especially refugees and migrants.”

“George Soros announced that he is earmarking up to $500 million for private investments that will improve capacity to address the challenges that migrants, including refugees,

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The EU Attacks Hungary for Sticking Up for Faith and Family

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13-11-18 02:01:00,

Recently, the European Parliament voted to begin the Article 7 sanctions process against Hungary. Their resolution was a response to “a clear risk of a serious breach…of the values on which the [European] Union is founded,” and aimed “to restore inclusive democracy, the rule of law, and respect for fundamental rights in Hungary.”

The unprecedented vote to invoke Article 7 illustrates the current battle lines within the EU between those who favor a greater role for Brussels and those hoping to retain and recover national self-determination. The measure claims even more authority for the EU than at first appears. By castigating Hungary’s policies towards religion and the family, the resolution aims to extend Brussels’ reach over values and institutions that have long been left to member states. Commentators, including critics of the move, have failed to properly see this.

To be sure, these are not the only targets of criticism. Others range from constitutional matters to the electoral system, corruption, privacy issues, and Hungary’s position on non-EU migration. I intend neither to defend Hungary from these charges nor argue that the country’s laws cannot be improved.

Nevertheless, by including Hungary’s approach to religion and the family as reasons for Article 7 sanctions, the European Parliament is sending a clear message. Hungarians are to replace their values and conceptions of these two basic institutions with those more acceptable to Brussels. This demand is not the outcome of dialogue and open debate, but an attempt by one side to impose its vision.

The Article 7 resolution criticizes Hungarian legislation that affects religious organizations. It finds fault with an act that regulates religious groups that distinguishes between faith-based organizations and recognized churches, and offers the latter, currently 31 in total, the prerogative to enter into agreements with the State regarding “public interest activities” and receive funding. The measure replaced a system in which most of the 406 registered religious entities were partly funded, directly or indirectly, by the state, with some more interested in financial benefits than pursuing religious activities.

The European Parliament complains that the new act will lead to “an unequal and even discriminatory treatment of religious beliefs and communities.” It cites the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against the law,

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Is Hungary the Last Remaining European Country? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Is Hungary the Last Remaining European Country? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

18-09-18 08:15:00,

Is Hungary the Last Remaining European Country?

Disobedient Hungary: From the Soviet to the European Union

Regime Change in Budapest?

By Diana Johnstone

CNN recently discovered a paradox. How was it possible, they asked, that in 1989, Viktor Orban, at the time a Western-acclaimed liberal opposition leader, was calling for Soviet troops to leave Hungary, and now that he is Prime Minister, he is cozying up to Vladimir Putin?

For the same reason, dummy.

Orban wanted his country to be independent then, and he wants it to be independent now.

In 1989, Hungary was a satellite of the Soviet Union. Whatever Hungarians wanted, they had to follow directives from Moscow and adhere to Soviet communist ideology.

Today, Hungary is ordered to follow directives from Brussels and adhere to the EU ideology, a k a “our common values”.

But what exactly are those “common values”?

Not so very, very long ago, “the West”, that is, both America and Europe, claimed devotion to “Christian values”. Those values were evoked in Western condemnation of the Soviet Union.

That is out. These days, indeed, one of the reasons why Viktor Orban is considered a threat to our European values is his reference to a Hungarian conception of “the Christian character of Europe, the role of nations and cultures”. The revival of Christianity in Hungary, as in Russia, is regarded in the West as deeply suspect.

So it’s understood, Christianity is no longer a “Western value”. What has taken its place? That should be obvious: today “our common values” essentially mean democracy and free elections.

Guess again. Orban was recently re-elected by a landslide. Leading EU liberal Guy Verhofstadt called this “an electoral mandate to roll back democracy in Hungary.”

Since elections can “roll back democracy”, they cannot be the essence of “our common values”. People can vote wrong; that is called “populism” and is a bad thing.

The real, functional common values of the European Union are spelled out in its treaties: the four freedoms. No, not freedom of speech, since many Member States have laws against “hate speech”, which can cover a lot of ground since its meaning is open to wide interpretation.

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Hungary Defiant In The Face Of EU Censure

Hungary Defiant In The Face Of EU Censure

15-09-18 12:22:00,

Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,

  • “We need a new European Commission that is committed to the defense of Europe’s borders.” — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

  • “A few months ago … there was an election in Hungary. The Hungarian people decided what should happen, and during the election campaign we discussed all of the issues — including CEU, the NGOs, and all of the important political issues. And the people decided on these issues. And now the European Parliament is taking upon itself the task of overruling the decision made by the people of Hungary and forcing the Hungarian government to implement what they are attempting to impose on us in place of the people’s decision.” — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

  • “Hungary and the Hungarian people have been convicted because we have proven that migration is not needed and that it can be stopped.” — Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó.

  • “Hungary’s decisions are made by the voters in parliamentary elections. What you are claiming is no less than saying that the Hungarian people are not sufficiently capable of being trusted to judge what is in their own interests. You think that you know the needs of the Hungarian people better than the Hungarian people themselves…. This report applies double standards, it is an abuse of power, it oversteps the limits on spheres of competence, and the method of its adoption is a treaty violation.” — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The European Parliament has voted to pursue unprecedented disciplinary action against Hungary over alleged breaches of the European Union’s “fundamental values.” The EU has accused the Hungarian government of attacks against the media, minorities and the rule of law.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (standing), recently said: “We need a new European Commission that is committed to the defense of Europe’s borders.” (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has denied the charges, and said they are a retaliation for his government’s refusal to take in migrants from the Muslim world.

The censure represents another salvo in a showdown between pro- and anti-EU forces over populism and nationalism ahead of European Parliament elections in May 2019.

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Hungary consider legislation to jail NGOs for trafficking migrants

Hungary consider legislation to jail NGOs for trafficking migrants

31-05-18 08:20:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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Hungary Election Also Shows EU’s Days are Numbered | Armstrong Economics

Hungary Election Also Shows EU’s Days are Numbered | Armstrong Economics

10-04-18 09:11:00,

Viktor Orban has clearly won the parliamentary elections in Hungary winning 74.6% of the votes on Sunday in Budapest. His party could take 134 seats in the 199-seat parliament giving it a constitutional two-thirds majority. This is an amazing landslide victory for Orban that no American president has ever reached such a majority. The record is 61.05% of the popular vote and that was a sympathy vote for Lydon Johnson after the Kenney Assassination. Even Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 only won 57.41% and Ronald Reagan even beat Roosevelt scoring 58.77%. This puts Orban’s victory at a truly historical level and it is decidedly anti-EU based upon the Refugee Crisis.

After all, it was 1683 when the Turks invaded the Holy Roman Empire and sought to conquer Europe with the Battle of Vienna. That is a historical event that lives on in memory throughout that region. The Muslim invasion crossed from Istanbul through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, to Austria. That event still lives on in the memories of the people in that region that Western Europe does not respect.

Little by little, the European Project is being torn apart all because of the Refugee Crisis that was begun by Markel without ever putting anything to a vote for all of Europe who must suffer simply because Merkel tried to divert her critics from Greece. This has demonstrated that the European Project has been a complete failure. It allowed Merkel to affect all of Europe without any democratic process. The European Project has failed for it has tried to federalize Europe covertly, yet has undermined the political-economic structure necessary to accomplish that goal. The European Project should have remained a trade agreement rather than a political agenda. By trying to force their centralized agenda upon everyone, they are acting no different than any other conqueror.

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