EU News: Outrage after Slovenian Prime Minister posted anti-Semitic “Soros Puppets” tweet now deleted | Politics | New
Janez Jansa, who currently holds the rotating EU presidency, posted a tweet on Thursday that showed a number of current and past MEPs linked to Hungarian philanthropist George Soros.
The photo, showing Soros in the center and the other figures surrounding him, was titled: “13 of the 226 known Soros puppets in the European Parliament”.
The tweet sparked immediate fury from European Parliament President David Sassoli.
The Italian politician tweeted: “We urgently call on Janez Jansa to end the provocations against Members of the European Parliament.
“The attacks against members of this house are also attacks against European citizens.
“Constructive collaboration with the rotating Council Presidency can only be based on mutual trust and respect.”
French Minister for European Affairs Clément Beaune also criticized the Slovenian Prime Minister.
He said: “Questionable attacks on MEPs have no place in our democratic life. We need a respectful debate, not provocations.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte went even further by summoning the Slovenian Ambassador to the offensive tweet.
He said: “Janez Janša’s tasteless tweet about MEPs.
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He said: “Prime Minister Janez Janša, this is a despicable and anti-Semitic trope and an insult to hard-working Democrats.
“On behalf of the RenewEurope family, I ask you to retract and apologize! There is no place for these vile insults in European politics.
Despite the deletion of the original tweet, the Slovenian leader did not appear to go back on his claims.
In a tweet, he replied to Mr Rutte: “Well, Mark, don’t waste time with ambassadors and media freedom in Slovenia.
“Together with Sophie in ‘t Veld [Dutch MEP], protect your journalists from being killed in the streets. “
This morning, he justified his accusation by tweeting a list published by the Soros Foundation on “reliable allies in the European Parliament between 2014 and 2019”.
He asserted: “In discussing supporters of billionaire George Soros in the European Parliament, there is no conspiracy theory, as the creation of the list was commissioned and published by the Soros Foundation Open Society alone.”
In the photo tweeted by Mr. Jansa, a red arrow pointed to Ms. in ‘t Veld.
The Dutch MEP is leading a delegation of eight MEPs visiting Ljubljana from Wednesday to Friday to examine the situation in Slovenia regarding the rule of law, media freedom and the fight against corruption.
Referring to the “Soros Puppets,” the Slovenian Prime Minister has perpetrated a common far-right conspiracy theory that claims that the Jewish billionaire secretly controls the politics and economy of the world.
The Slovenian government has been contacted by Express.co.uk for comment.