Soros goes from Hungary

15 May, 2018, 21:57 | Author: Carlos George
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Open Society Foundations is closing its operations in Hungary and moving staff to Berlin, citing an increasingly repressive political and legal environment and security concerns.

Neither Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki nor his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban commented on an European Union plan to cut money in the 2021-2027 budget for member states that interfere in their legal systems.

"Orban now wants to enact laws that force non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to register with the government".

The decision to shut down operations in Hungary comes as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán "prepares to impose further restrictions on nongovernmental organisations through what it has branded its "Stop Soros" package of legislation", according to the statement.

Rights groups in Hungary and overseas have denounced the proposals as a way of cracking down on groups critical of the government. "It has become impossible to protect the security of our operations and our staff in Hungary from arbitrary government interference", CNBC added.

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Orban, who won a landslide victory in the April elections, has repeatedly accused Soros and his organization in support of migrants and undermining national culture.

Soros, through his Open Society Foundations initiative, has pushed for pro-immigration policies attracting the ire of Orban and his supporters.

What would the Stop Soros law do? . The liberal media has attempted to portray the Hungarian governments efforts against the foundation's activities, as anti-Semitic, referring to alleged similar activities prior to the Second World War.

The foundation backed by the Hungarian-born USA billionaire is set to move its staff to the German capital of Berlin.

Soros launched his first foundation in Hungary in 1984, using it to promote freedom of expression during the last years of Communism, the OSF said. Zovacs studied at the Central European University, a school Soros helped fund.

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