Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Soros Foundation moves from Budapest to Berlin

Soros Foundation moves from Budapest to Berlin

Orban, who won a landslide election victory last month, has repeatedly accused Soros and his organization of encouraging migrants and undermining national culture.

In a press release Tuesday, the Open Society Foundations, or OSF, mentioned the transfer is because of the Hungarian authorities's plan to "impose additional restrictions on non-governmental organizations by way of what it has branded its "Cease Soros" package deal of laws".

Open Society Foundations will move its global operations in Budapest to Berlin in Germany, according to a press release Tuesday.

The "open society Institute" George Soros announced the termination of its activities in Hungary, the birthplace of the philanthropist, because of the "repressive" policy of the Hungarian government.

Soros' Open Society Foundations is shifting local staff to Berlin, the group said in a statement Tuesday. He has proposed what is commonly referred to as a "Stop Soros" law, aimed at penalizing nongovernmental agencies that assist asylum seekers and refugees.

Soros, through his Open Society Foundations initiative, has pushed for pro-immigration policies attracting the ire of Orban and his supporters.

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.

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.

Soros launched his first foundation in Hungary in 1984, using it to promote freedom of expression during the last years of Communism, the OSF said. The step raises the stakes in Prime Minister Viktor Orban's standoff with the European Union as he seeks to complete a break with liberal democracy after winning a third consecutive term in elections last month.

OSF cited the safety of its more than 100 employees in Hungary as well as the security of its operations there, which fund dozens of NGOs in the country of 10 million.

Leaders of the Open Society Foundations said that even without the approval of the bill, being based in the country had become untenable.

As hundreds of thousands of people streamed through Hungary bound for Western Europe and with Budapest train stations resembling squalid refugee camps, Orban erected a fence on Hungary's border with Serbia.

Among a host of restrictive measures, it would force NGOs that help migrants to undergo security screening and pay a 25 per cent tax on all foreign funding.

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