A loose-knit group of George Soros-financed foundations is leaving Hungary as the government’s nationalist leader continues cracking down on the billionaire’s influence in the country.
Soros’ Open Society Foundations is shifting local staff to Berlin, the group said in a statement Tuesday. The move represents another example of the battle between Prime Minister Viktor Orban and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
“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,” Patrick Gaspard, president of the Open Society Foundations, said in a statement announcing the move.
Orban is leveraging his recent massive electoral victory to restrict the political influence of NGOs, many of which received millions from Soros, a Hungarian who escaped the country before Nazis invaded. The Hungarian government opposes the Open Society’s open immigration policies.
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