Soros NGO to close Hungary office over law targeting its efforts

Viktor Orban and Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw

Viktor Orban and Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw

According to the publication, the office and the staff of the Foundation Open Society Foundations will be moved from the capital of Hungary in Berlin.

OSF said the move follows steps by Orban to "impose further restrictions" on non-governmental organizations. "It has become impossible to protect the security of our operations and our staff in Hungary from arbitrary government interference", CNBC added.

The legislation, invoking national security interests, would block any organization from advising or representing asylum seekers and refugees without a government license.

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. "The so-called Stop Soros package of laws is only the latest in a series of such attempts".

As you know, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has been in power since 2010, in recent months sharpened his nationalist rhetoric and especially critical of the USA billionaire George Soros.




Orban has not been the only politician to target Soros for his liberal policies.

George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundation, waits for the start of a meeting at European Union headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2017.

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.

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

Open Society Foundations said Tuesday that it would seek legal routes to challenge the new legislation. Zovacs studied at the Central European University, a school Soros helped fund.

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