Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has accused the opposition left wing of undermining government protection efforts, expressing his surprise, however, that it had voted for a package of health-care measures which raises doctors’ salaries while clamping down on gratuities in the sector. Speaking to public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió, he added that the left wing should oppose the government “not the country”.
The prime minister vowed that outstanding issues such as the status of GPs and private practices would be resolved by the end of the year.
Referring to German EP vice-president Katarina Barley’s criticisms in connection with corruption, Orbán insisted that it was a “left-wing reflex” to accuse right-wing politicians of corruption. He added that graft in “the German-speaking world” was “greater than in Hungary”, and he cited global money laundering at Deutsche Bank as an example. He added that several Scandinavian banks had been plagued by graft. Orbán said he resented “westerners taking the position that they are flawless” when it comes to corruption, “simply by virtue of being western”, while accusing central Europeans of being corrupt “because they are central European”. “This doesn’t square with reality. None of us is flawless, but none of us is guilty [before being proven so],” he said, adding that the Hungarian economy had made “good use” of the EU funds.
Orbán accused George Soros of being behind “international attacks”, saying he “buys western European politicians” as a way of growing his influence and making more money.
“As long as Soros has such huge influence in the EU, we have to say that the union is corrupt,” he said. A big step in the fight against corruption would be to “expose” Soros, he added. Put to him that Soros had “called on the EU to punish Hungary”, Orbán said: “There is an open battle … he has issued the order.”