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EU Commission lashes out at Orban over anti-immigration campaign

A top European Union official has lashed out at Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban over election campaign posters alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weaken the bloc’s external borders to let in more migrants and provide easy visas.

First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans delivers a speech during a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, July 5, 2017. (AFP/FREDERICK FLORIN)

Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans says when it comes to spinning the truth in political campaigning “this is something in a completely different universe.”

In Hungary, posters have gone up focusing on EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Hungarian-American Jewish financier George Soros, saying that “they want to weaken the border protection rights of the member states; they would facilitate immigration with migrant visas.”

Timmermans says the EU and Juncker are actually at the forefront of reinforcing the EU’s external borders.

Orban’s zealous anti-immigration policies have won him populist admirers across Europe.

— AP

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