Hungary: George Soros' Open Society Foundations to move from Hungary to Germany

15 May, 2018, 22:47 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki meets his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban in Warsaw Poland

The prime minister views Soros as an intruder into the country's domestic politics, which are more and more being painted by Europe's growing 2015 migrant crisis.

Hitting out at the proposals, which would tax foreign NGO income and clamp down on so-called civil society efforts to promote illegal immigration, OSF President Patrick Gaspard blasted Budapest for "using tactics unprecedented in the history of the European Union" to "denigrate" and "repress" the group's work.

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki meets his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban in Warsaw, Poland May 14, 2018.

What would the Stop Soros law do? .

"Orban now wants to enact laws that force non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to register with the government. It has become impossible to protect the security of our operations and our staff in Hungary from arbitrary government interference", CNBC added.


According to reports, George Soros' Open Society Foundations will close their office in the Hungarian capital and move to Berlin.

The nationalist leader ploughed tens of millions of euro in taxpayers' money into an anti-Soros media campaign that critics called anti-Semitic, and he said on Monday that the Stop Soros law is a top priority.

Together with other global funders, Open Society will continue to support the important work of civil society groups in Hungary on issues such as arts and culture, media freedom, transparency, and education and health care for all Hungarians. Around 60 percent are Hungarian nationals, including several who have worked for the Open Society Foundations for more than a decade. Zovacs studied at the Central European University, a school Soros helped fund.

"CEU can not go into another academic year in a situation of legal uncertainty", its rector Michael Ignatieff said on Tuesday.

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