Péter Márki-Zay has already professed faith on several occasions in the idea of an open society dreamed up by George Soros. His thoughts on migration in 2018 that “it is important to have an inclusive, loving society” were followed by an even stronger statement in 2019, in which he said that “Overall, large-scale, simultaneous immigration has had a positive rather than a negative effect on the economic development of a given area.” Communication serving globalist interests was not far from the mayor of Hódmezővásárhely earlier, but since his victory in the primary on 16 October, it has not only increased spectacularly but has become commonplace.
In an interview with CNN on 20 October, the candidate for prime minister of the left reiterated his support for immigration, and two days later he supported the LGBTQ lobby in Newsweek magazine condemning the Hungarian government’s child protection measures. The globalist-oriented policy enhanced on 23 October, when Péter Márki-Zay, relativizing the role of the American speculator in immigration in a joint commemoration of the left, declared that “There has been no prove of the settlement of a single migrant by George Soros so far.”
Communication in line with the left-liberal mainstream and the open support for George Soros were organized along a conscious strategy: Péter Márki-Zay also wanted to use the political tool of the tours in Brussels, which has become a habit on the Hungarian left to negotiate with leading figures of the international network of the left.
It worked, as in the first half of November, Péter Márki-Zay was invited to a series of multi-day talks in the Belgian capital, where he could consult with EU decision-makers and political actors directly or indirectly linked to Soros, including, among others, Vera Jourova, Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, Ska Keller, leader of the Greens, Iratxe García Pérez, President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, and Manfred Weber, leader of the European People’s Party.
In addition to being sharp critics of Hungary, the political background of the above individuals meets George Soros or the ideology of an open society at several points. Despite the declared requirement for Commissioners to be independent so that they cannot engage in party politics, Vera Jourova has repeatedly engaged in politically motivated conflicts with the civil-national governments in the EU. We should remember that Jourova called Hungary a “sick democracy” in 2020, and during the coronavirus pandemic she said that “The Commission will do its best to cure Hungary of its problems.” The Czech Commissioner, who is continuously threatening the Member States opposed to the left-liberal mainstream to withdraw budget funds, regularly consults with George Soros and the actors of the NGO network linked to him in person and through her cabinet. In addition, regarding an earlier joint photo taken with Soros, Jourova put it bluntly that „the values of the Open Society are at the heart of EU action.”
Ska Keller, who previously called for infringement proceedings against Hungary over the government’s immigration policy, appears in a document entitled Trusted Allies in the European Parliament, which is from the internal database of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) founded by George Soros. Given her political background, this is not surprising, since the idea that immigrants should be distributed in the Member States not only together with their families but with their wider environment, their neighbours, where appropriate, to make integration processes easier, is also associated with her name.
Iratxe García Pérez also appears on the OSF list as a trusted ally. The letter sent to the Commission by the Social Democrat Group as a call on its future behaviour is linked to Pérez’s name. The set of proposals includes globalist and pro-immigration ideas, such as the introduction of a global minimum tax, a more humanitarian immigration policy with, in some cases, immediate temporary protection, a politically motivated further development of the rule of law, as well as the abolition of unanimity, which would legalize a system of politically motivated punishments for right-wing governments.
No less than 36 MPs from the European People’s Party, which is gradually abandoning traditional European and Christian values, are on the OSF’s trust list. One of the leading figures in this clear shift to the left is Manfred Weber, who not only clearly supported the Sargentini report along left-liberal interests but was also an active participant in the expulsion process initiated by the members of the People’s Party as a result of, among other things, the situation of the university of Soros in Hungary. This globalist-oriented policy was framed by Weber in a later Twitter post when he stated that “There is no national sovereignty in today’s world. […] We live in a globalized world.”
These negotiations served specific purposes on both sides: while Péter Márki-Zay sat at the negotiating table to gain political and financial support from globalist forces, members of the Soros network did so to determine the political direction of the Hungarian opposition.
Analysing Márki-Zay’s policy following his meeting in Brussels, we can get a clear picture of the expectations that globalist forces had of the opposition’s candidate for prime minister: Shortly after his return, the mayor of Hódmezővásárhely defended George Soros in connection with immigration in a billboard campaign, and repeatedly criticised the government’s overhead cost reduction measures for the benefit of small customers, acknowledging that he would take a pre-2010 neoliberal approach in the interests of multinational energy companies and ultimately abolish the minimum wage, paving the way for foreign-owned big corporations to reduce and freeze wages.
It is clear that Péter Márki-Zay, who defines himself as a right-wing, conservative candidate, does not really represent the classical right-wing values; on the contrary, the direction of his policy is determined by the goals of George Soros and the left-liberal forces. At the same time, unconditional compliance with globalist interests would not only jeopardise Hungary’s sovereignty but would also lead to drastic deterioration in living standards, primarily affecting those of low and middle-income.