George Soros Foundation to leave Hungary due to hostile climate

Casey Dawson
May 16, 2018

This included criticizing the migration of influx of Muslim migrants into Europe and attacking forces that Orban believed were trying to push a pro-immigration agenda, including Soros.

Billionaire democracy activist George Soros' Open Society Foundations announced it will withdraw from Hungary and relocate to Berlin, citing an increasingly repressive political environment and security concerns for its personnel.

Open Society Foundations, the George Soros backed organization that has helped create the economic migrant crisis in Europe, is leaving the Central European nation of Hungary, declaring it can not "protect its employees from government".

Soros's Open Society Foundations (OSF) organisation said it would continue to support human rights work in Hungary as well as projects linked to arts, media freedom, transparency, education and health care. He has proposed what is commonly referred to as a "Stop Soros" law, aimed at penalizing nongovernmental agencies that assist asylum seekers and refugees.

Speaking on the recent election and the victory of his Fidesz party, Orban said, "I know they won't accept the result of the election, they will organize all sorts of things, they have unlimited financial resources." .

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.

George Soros' Open Society foundation ends operations in Hungary – statement

Orban and Soros have clashed over the 2015 European migration crisis.

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".

A Hungarian government billboard featuring George Soros, with the words translated to "Don't let George Soros have the last laugh" is seen at a transit stop in Budapest on July 6, 2017. The bill says that all NGOs which "support illegal immigration" need to be registered, while any NGO which gets money from overseas must pay a 25-percent tax. Open Society Foundations said Tuesday that it would seek legal routes to challenge the new legislation.

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

The CEU - which plans to open a satellite campus in Vienna - has agreed a deal with a USA college to meet new conditions imposed by Hungary, but the government is yet to approve the agreement.

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