George Soros foundation quits Hungary over repressive policies

Last Updated: May 15 2018 18:48

BUDAPEST- Open Society Foundations (OSF), an NGO found by philanthropist George Soros, is leaving Hungary over its extremely repressive environment.

The foundation plans to move its office to the German capital Berlin.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who was re-elected last month, plans to tighten restrictions on NGOs. He even campaigned under the ‘Stop Soros’ banner.

Foundation president Patrick Gaspard said: "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."

He added: "It has become impossible to protect the security of our operations and our staff in Hungary from arbitrary government interference."