• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 14 November 2017
• Nigel Farage MEP, UK Independence Party (UKIP), President of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group (EFDD) in the European Parliament - @Nigel_Farage - with Bluecard Question from Evelyn Regner MEP (Austria), Socialist Group (S&D)
• Debate: Paradise papers
Council and Commission statements
Thank you. Well as Mr Moscovici said at the start of this, the leak of all these papers, the lists of people with offshore holdings has come about because of the Society of Investigative Journalists.
But what’s not been said this morning and I think is relevant is that the funding of these investigations came from one George Soros.”
Intervention - Phillip Lamberts Green MEP shouts out “So What!”.
Now I say this at a time, I’m going to come back to ‘so what’ and it may have some personal interest for you as well, I say this at a time when the use of money and the influence it may have had on the Brexit result or the Trump election has reached a level of virtual hysteria.
Just last week the Electoral Commission in the UK launched an investigation to find out whether the Leave campaign took offshore money or Russian money. This came about as a result of questions asked in the House of Commons by one Ben Bradshaw somebody linked to an organisation called Open Society.
I just wonder, when we’re talking about offshore money, when we’re talking about political subversion, when we’re talking about collusion, I wonder whether we’re looking in the wrong place. And I say that because George Soros recently gave Open Society, his organisation, which of course campaigns for free movement of peoples and supports supra-national organisations like the European Union, he recently gave it 18 billion dollars. And his influence here and in Brussels is truly extraordinary. Open Society boast that they had 42 meetings last year with the European Commission, they have even published a book of reliable friends in the European Parliament and there are 226 names on that list including yours sir, I thought you’d find this interesting. We even had last week Mr Verhofstadt lobbying on behalf of Mr Soros at the Conference of Presidents in a battle that is going on with Viktor Orban the Prime Minister of Hungary.
If we are going to have a debate and we are going to talk about full political and financial transparency well let’s do it, so I shall be writing today to all 226 of you asking some pretty fair questions. Have you ever received funds, directly or indirectly, from Open Society? How many of their events have they attended? Could you please give us a list of the meetings of all their representatives including George Soros yourself? And I think this Parliament should now set up a special committee to look into all of this and I say that because I fear we could be looking at the biggest level of international collusion in history. Notes & Links: George Soros, the billionaire hedge fund manager and a major Democratic donor, has given $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations.
From EFDD minutes. Any other business: Situation in Hungary The leader of the ALDE group, Guy Verhofstadt, raised the point that Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban launched a national consultation about Brussels’ plans to distribute asylum-seekers in the EU, a week after the EU’s top court ruled against complainants Hungary and Slovakia. In this campaign, Open Society Institute founder George Soros is also pictured for his proposals on immigration policy.Guy Verhofstadt called on President Tajani to contact the Prime Minister and the Permanent Representation in Brussels to stop this public consultation putting George Soros in focus. EFDD’s Peter Lundgren challenged Guy Verhofstadt by asking if this would not represent exactly the interference in Hungary’s home affairs that has been refused for Spain ? One weight two measures? President Tajani closed the meeting -Guy Verhofstadt attacks Hungary over Soros Consultation at Conference of Presidents 8th Nov 2017.
Soros and many MEPs allied on immigration policy.
It’s emerged through leaked documents that his think-tank Open Society Foundations (OSF) sees Europe’s refugee crisis as an opportunity - a chance to influence immigration policies worldwide and collaborate with other wealthy donors.
In a memo called ‘Migration Governance and Enforcement Portfolio Review’, OSF states that the immigration crisis in Europe is the ‘new normal’.