Soros says Hungary's government lies in attacks against him

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Posted: Nov 20, 2017 2:27 AM

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - U.S. financier George Soros spoke out about a Hungarian government campaign against him for the first time on Monday, saying in a statement that the attacks contained "lies and distortions" and were designed to create a false external enemy.

Soros, a Hungarian by birth whose views have been squarely at odds with the ruling Fidesz party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said Budapest was "stoking anti-Muslim sentiment, and employing anti-semitic tropes reminiscent of the 1930's."

He rejected the seven statements in a "national consultation" conducted by Orban's government, which claim he wants to settle a million migrants a year in Europe, force them to resettle among EU countries and pay them each thousands of euros.

(Reporting by Marton Dunai; Editing by Toby Chopra)