Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Soros goes from Hungary

Soros goes from Hungary

Government pressure shows no sign of easing, however: Mr Orban said recently that he would not "shed crocodile tears" over the OSF, and he backed a pro-government magazine's publication of a list of more than 200 Hungarian NGO staff, academics and journalists whom it called "Soros mercenaries".

'It has become impossible to protect the security of our operations and our staff in Hungary, ' Open Society Foundations said.

The Open Society Foundation (OSF) backed by Hungarian-born United States billionaire George Soros is moving from Budapest to Berlin, the German public broadcaster DW reported on Tuesday.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has blamed Soros, a Hungarian-born US financier, for a host of ills and is planning to tighten a crackdown on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) under legislation dubbed the "Stop Soros" bill.

It is nicknamed the "Stop Soros" bill as it targets NGOs that receive foreign finding, notably those funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, an advocate of immigration rules at odds with Orban's hardline stance.

The "Stop Soros" package was "one of the most important questions of the election, Hungarians voted for it... what we said we would do, we will do", Orban said Monday on a visit to Warsaw.

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"The Hungarian government is wrong and denigrates our work, and also suppresses the activity of civil society for political gain, using tactics that have no precedent in the history of the European Union", - said the President of the Foundation "open society" Patrick Gaspard.

Open Society said it would continue to support the work of civil society groups in Hungary on issues such as human rights, arts and culture, media freedom, transparency, and education and health care.

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

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The foundation supports and funds democracy and civil society initiatives in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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