The Open Society Foundations, financed by the billionaire George Soros, who funds many NGOs, announced today that it is leaving Hungary, where it has been active since 1984. It will move its operations to Berlin in response to the “repressive” policies of the government of recently reelected Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is now beginning his third consecutive term.
“Faced with an increasingly repressive political and legal environment in Hungary, the Open Society Foundations (OSF) is moving its international operations and staff from Budapest to the German capital,” OSF Chairman Patrick Gaspard wrote in a public statement.
For more than a year, Orbán has turned his wrath against George Soros, making him a focal point of his successful electoral campaign as enemy number one of Hungary, which culminated in Orbán’s landslide victory on April 8. According to Prime Minister Orbán and his Fidesz party, Soros wants to flood Hungary and Europe with immigrants through the organizations that he funds around the world, especially in Europe.
“It has become impossible to protect the security of our operations and personnel in Hungary from arbitrary interference by the government,” Gaspard said in his statement.