Government Officials Drive The George Soros Foundation Out Of Hungary

Saul Bowman
May 16, 2018

Soros' Open Society Foundations is shifting local staff to Berlin, the group said in a statement Tuesday.

The document also specified that the move is a necessary reaction to the actions of Prime Minister Orban, directed against non-governmental organizations.

Patrick Gaspard, the OSF's president, mentioned the federal government has "denigrated and misrepresented our work and repressed civil society for the sake of political achieve, utilizing techniques unprecedented within the historical past of the European Union". He has proposed what is commonly referred to as a "Stop Soros" law, aimed at penalizing nongovernmental agencies that assist asylum seekers and refugees.

As well as bemoaning "burdensome" transparency requirements on funding from overseas, the group registered its particular anger over measures in the package invoking national security interests, such as rules which would require NGOs working with asylum seekers to be licensed by the government.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has repeatedly spoken out against the detrimental agendas of Soros' foundation and other NGOs, accusing the billionaire of meddling in Hungary's internal political affairs by funding opposition groups.

After Orban and his Fidesz Party won a landslide in parliamentary elections on April 8, the attacks on Soros and the OSF have increased.

The theme of thwarting Soros's alleged efforts to encourage immigration dominated the election campaign during which Orban said some 2,000 "mercenaries" paid by Soros were working in Hungary.

Soros has remarked that the Hungarian government was attempting to slander him by pushing "distortions and lies".

The bill would allow the interior minister to ban any NGOs active in the immigration field deemed to pose a "national security risk".

The Open Society Foundation (OSF) backed by Hungarian-born USA billionaire George Soros is moving from Budapest to Berlin, the German public broadcaster DW reported on Tuesday. The group now has annual expenditures of over $940 million, operates in over 100 countries across the globe, with 26 national and regional foundations and offices.

Some Hungarian Jews, in addition to Soros himself, find the campaign anti-Semitic.

The European Union has launched legal action against Hungary over its crackdown on NGOs, and education reform that could force the Soros-funded Central European University (CEU) to leave Budapest.

"Over the past two years, the Hungarian government has spent more than 100 million euros in public funds on a..."

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