The Slovenian prime minister gave fuel to the conspiracy theory with a message on Twitter.
“We urge Janez Jansa to stop provocation against members of the European Parliament. Attacks on members of this house are also attacks on European citizens. Constructive cooperation with the rotating presidency of the Council can only be based on mutual trust and respect. For example, David Sassoli, President of The European Parliament, on a Twitter message from the Slovenian prime minister, which some say shows anti-Semitism.
Under the headline ’13 out of 226 well-known European Parliament dolls are from Soros’, Jansa tweeted yesterday, a collage of politicians believed to be dancing to the tunes of the Hungarian-American investor and billionaire, who is also a favorite target. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Shown in the photo are, among others: Guy Verhofstadt and (with a red arrow in the direction of her photo) Sophie en Field, who to this day leads the task of a parliamentary commission investigating the state of press freedom and the rule of law in the country. Jansa, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union until the end of this year, refused to meet the delegates yesterday.
But the compilation mainly contains photos of former MEPs, including N-VA member Mark Demesmaker and Dutch Judith Sargentin, who wrote a report critical of Orban in the former legislature. Jansa even brought in Hans van Palen, the former head of the European Liberal Party who died in April.
Liberal Dutch MP Malek Azmani, who also spoke of an “insult to our late president”, responded with “despicable and anti-Semitic,” and demanded an apology. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned “in the strongest possible terms a tasteless tweet from Jansa”. The Slovenian ambassador was summoned to The Hague.
“It is best to advise Jansa not to spread anti-Semitic, anti-democratic and anti-European theories and lies,” said Guy Verhofstadt, referring to Urban’s similar provocations to Soros. One of Jansa’s nicknames is “mini-Orban”. The tweet was deleted during the day.
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