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gpolit.com May 24, 2018


George Soros charity damns Viktor Orban for '€100m spent on lies'

16 May 2018, 12:38 | Rufus Hill

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki meets his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban in Warsaw Poland

Poland's Prime Minister Morawiecki meets his Hungarian counterpart Orban in Warsaw

Orban's Fidesz also ran an anti-immigrant billboard campaign, underwritten by the Hungarian government, which showed a picture of Soros laughing alongside the words, "Let's not leave Soros the last laugh".

Patrick Gaspard, the president of the Open Society Foundations, lashed out at Budapest, saying it has "denigrated and misrepresented our work", while repressing civil society "for the sake of political gain". 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. The law was termed the "Stop Soros" bill.

The legislation, as it was written before the election, would force aid agencies working with migrants to apply for and receive national security clearance from the Interior Ministry.

On Monday, Orban's cabinet minister Antal Rogan said the government would further tighten restrictions on non-governmental organizations in its planned "Stop Soros" bill. The legislation is likely to come up for a vote within the next month. He can deliver on his promises because he achieved a two-thirds majority in the country's parliament.

Also, foreign citizens and Hungarian nationals who support illegal immigration could be subject to a restraining order which would keep them away from the border.

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

Another Soros institution funded by Soros, Budapest's Central European University, may also be forced to shutter operations in Hungary. Its rector, Michael Ignatieff, said new students in 2019 might have to enrol across the border in Austria if the CEU fails to strike a deal with Hungary under the new law, which sparked street protests and an European Union legal challenge.

Soros has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in Hungary to promote political freedom, beginning when it was under one-party communist rule.

Orban has held on to power in large part by focusing on a single issue: the migration crisis that reached its peak in 2015.

No figure featured more prominently in the campaign than Soros.

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

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.



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