Soros-backed foundation leaving Hungary

Soros-backed foundation leaving Hungary

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

The move follows a decision by the Hungarian government to tighten a bill dubbed "Stop Soros" that would restrict the work of Hungarian non-governmental organizations that receive foreign funding.

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.

Soros Foundation "open society" said that he would continue his human rights activities in Hungary and to support projects in the arts, media freedom, transparency, education and health.

Opposition and rights groups have long said that a departure of the OSF would mark a milestone in a slide towards authoritarian rule in Hungary and go against the principles of the European Union - a charge dismissed by the government.

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Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs declined to comment.

Hungary is simply attempting to stop the millions of Islamic migrants who are leaving the miserable economic conditions of the Middle East and North Africa, drawn by "progressive" open-border policies, from destroying their own culture and security forever, as has happened in Western Europe.

In recent years, the fiercely anti-immigration Orban has waged a series of large-scale taxpayer-funded information campaigns attacking Soros, accusing him of being a "public enemy" plotting to change the cultural fabric of Europe.

Before the election, Orban's political campaign vilified Soros, and his activity supporting civil society, on billboards nationwide.

The OSF said the campaign had "invoked anti-Semitic imagery from World War Two", a charge denied by the government. The NGO legislation is expected to be one of the first laws passed by the new parliament. It would also introduce a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that support migration. Zovacs studied at the Central European University, a school Soros helped fund.

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