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Pro-Europe majority must wake up to save the EU, George Soros says

Pro-Europe majority must wake up before the continent sleepwalks into oblivion and the EU vanishes like the USSR, says billionaire financier George Soros

  • George Soros wrote a damning article for business website MarketWatch
  • He slammed the pro-EU majority and said they needed to ‘wake up’ imminently
  • Billionaire Mr Soros has previously been accused of trying to derail Brexit 

George Soros has called for pro-Europe voters to wake up before the continent ‘sleepwalks into oblivion’ ahead of the looming European elections.

Writing in an article for business website MarketWatch, billionaire businessman Soros said the EU faced going the way of the Soviet Union if people didn’t act to save it. 

‘Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late,’ Soros wrote.

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Soros, pictured at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, has vehemently voiced his opposition to Brexit

‘If they don’t, the European Union will go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991. Neither our leaders nor ordinary citizens seem to understand that we are experiencing a revolutionary moment, that the range of possibilities is very broad, and that the eventual outcome is thus highly uncertain.’

Soros continued to say that he believes the impending elections for the European Parliament in May this year will be pivotal for the future of the continent, but he argued anti-Europe parties will ‘enjoy a competitive advantage’. 

He also stuck true to his previous opposition of Brexit, calls Britain’s imminent departure the ‘defining event for the country for decades to come’.

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‘In the United Kingdom, too, an antiquated party structure prevents the popular will from finding proper expression,’ Soros added.

‘The situation is so complicated that most Britons just want to get it over with, although it will be the defining event for the country for decades to come.’  

Mr Soros, a major sponsor of the US Democratic Party, is a champion of global liberal causes and has poured thousands into a campaign against Brexit, earning him a controversial status in right-wing circles.

Soros has previously been accused of trying to derail Brexit and said people in Britain ‘just want it over with’

‘I’m blamed for everything, including being the anti-Christ,’ Mr. Soros, 88, told the FT during an interview last week in Marrakesh, Morocco. ‘I wish I didn’t have so many enemies, but I take it as an indication that I must be doing something right.’

Soros has also faced controversy in the UK by ploughing at least £700,000 into Best for Britain, which wants MPs to vote down Theresa May’s deal and stop Brexit.

The news of his involvement riled anti-EU campaigners, including former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson, who accused Soros of a ‘disgusting’ intervention to undermine a popular vote.

Elsewhere, Soros has funded pro-democracy groups in Hungary, where individual rights and freedom of expression have come under strain from the authoritarian regime of Prime Minister Victor Orban.    

His fortune now stands at $8billion (£6.3billion) – a total depleted by an $18bn (£14.2bn) donation to his philanthropic organisation, the Open Society Foundation. 

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