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jueves, 15 de febrero de 2018

Hungary launches new laws targeting George Soros

Across Europe, democratically-elected governments are coming under fire from a foreign threat that opposes their national interests and challenges their sovereignty: billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros. Funds from Soros and his Open Society Foundations (OSF) have been so intrusive, in fact, that some heads of state are taking extraordinary measures to stop Soros’ “trans-border empire” from infringing upon their independence.

One such country is Hungary, which has finally had enough of Soros-funded efforts to force them to open their borders to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers passing through their country. Budapest lawmakers have unveiled a beefed-up version of the previously reported “Stop Soros” legislation in the country that will allow the interior minister to ban non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support migration, and impose taxes on foreign sources of political funding.

Soros, whose family is from Hungary, is being targeted by the government specifically because of his widespread influence over issues that dissent from Hungary’s national interest.

Stop Soros

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s nationalist government has previously accused Soros of encouraging illegal immigration into Europe; a large portion of immigrants, supported by Soros, passed through Hungarian towns and villages and put strains on local infrastructure before Orban sealed off Hungary’s borders in 2015 in a massive crackdown.

An estimated 400,000 migrants passed through Hungary that year on their way to greener pastures in Germany and beyond, where the promise of lavish social welfare programs attracted the foreign influx.

Yet, the migratory corridor through Hungary didn’t stop Soros from accusing his country-of-origin of failing to uphold their responsibilities to asylum seekers in condemnatory essays written for the Financial Times and Project Syndicate.

He even went so far as to suggest that Hungary provide refugees with a nearly $17,000 annual stipend for social expenses during their first two years in the country.

Orban responds to critics

The European Union (EU) liberal majority in Europe has had Soros back and subjected Hungary to severe criticism for their refusal to take on more Middle Eastern asylum seekers, threatening sanctions if Hungary failed to open its borders to economic migrants.

Other critics accuse Orban of refusing to accept a multicultural civil society which takes pains to integrate foreign labor.

But in response to this criticism and ongoing pressure from a conglomerate of NGOs, volunteers, and local politicians funded by Soros, Orban introduced a bill last month proposing a 25 percent tax on foreign funding donated to organizations considered to be “supporting” illegal immigration.

The central government in Budapest introduced a revised version of this bill on Tuesday with additional stipulations aimed at marginalizing Soros’ influence.

Crackdown

The latest draft contains a travel ban aimed at foreigners who are even suspected of supporting the entry of asylum seekers, and Hungarian citizens suspected of cooperating with these NGOs would be barred from approaching the Hungarian border.

In addition, all NGOs would have to commit to a “check” by security services prior to operating within Hungary.

Spokesman Bence Tuzson explained the government’s position on Tuesday:

If NGOs refuse to apply for this permission, or if it’s refused, a fine will be levied, and if the violation continues, they could be banned from operating.

Tuzson acknowledged that two-thirds of Hungary’s parliament must vote on the measure before it becomes official policy. Lawmakers are unlikely to debate the bill until after elections in April, when Orban is expected to win a third term as prime minister.

Long history

In June, the government passed a law requiring any organization receiving more than $26,000 in foreign donations to register as a “foreign-supported organization,” or face immediate closure.

Soros, who donates to several NGOs in Hungary supporting open borders, said that the legislation aimed at neutralizing his operations is based upon “distortion and outright lies.”

In January, 24 NGOs operating in Hungary called the original bill “dishonest” and argued that the bill was meant to stifle government criticism.

And Hungary isn’t the only European state to have their immigration policy challenged by a Soros-funded campaign. In Britain, the billionaire mogul recently funded a massive advertising operation aimed at forcing a second referendum to reverse the 2016 Brexit vote to leave the EU.

If Soros isn’t careful, he and his OSF could end being banned from all of Europe. His globalist opinions just aren’t welcome there.


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