Soros Foundations To Leave Hungary After Anti-Semitic Campaign

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

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.

On Monday, Antal Rogan, the minister for Orban's Cabinet office, said the government would propose an even "tighter" bill, but he provided no details.

"The government of Hungary has denigrated and misrepresented our work and repressed civil society for the sake of political gain, using tactics unprecedented in the history of the European Union", said Patrick Gaspard, president of Open Society Foundations.

"The so-called Stop Soros package of laws is only the latest in a series of such attempts". Open Society Foundations said Tuesday that it would seek legal routes to challenge the new legislation.

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.

Another term for Orban could also have implications for Soros's Central European University, a graduate school which is considered by the government a foreign institution. 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.


"Orban is now trying to elevate the conservative revolution in Europe. and they believe this is going to strengthen Hungary's position in Europe", said Balazs Jarabik, non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The foundations have worked in the country since 1984.

It hardly seemed to matter during the campaign that few migrants were seeking to transit through Hungary. This has caused Brussels to issue threats to the region to cut off funding and other sanctions.

His image appeared on tens of thousands of posters plastered around the country, often edited to make it appear that he and leading opposition candidates were holding fence-cutting equipment, ready to throw open the nation's borders.

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.

Orban's campaign for the April election vilified Soros and his activities in support of civil society on billboards nationwide, and he made clear he would be glad to see the OSF leave Hungary.

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