Hungary has declared its interest in undermining George Soros’ influence in their country’s affairs by going after NGOs associated with the 86-year-old billionaire business man and philanthropist. The motivation for the bold declaration comes after the election of Donald J. Trump to the US presidency which has renewed hope for change in global affairs by political participants critical of the current global order.
Hungarian state news service MTI reported that Szilard Nemeth, vice president of the ruling Fidesz party, said Hungary intends to “sweep out” NGOs funded by Soros.
Soros was born in Hungary to a Jewish family who were able to secure papers which claimed they were Christian, thereby protecting them during the Nazi occupation. As a child during WWII, Soros allegedly worked with the Nazi regime. In 1947 he emigrated to England.
The Hungarian government is especially tired of Soros’ influence in their country. Soros’ Open Society Foundation, a no-borders advocacy group, has an office in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Organizations associated with Soros have been widely condemn for urging migrants in the Mid-East to leave their homelands and to travel abroad to Europe. Hungary has been used by migrants as a passageway to Western Europe by migrants eager to reach Germany and other EU countries. In 2015 Hungary began building a wire fence along its frontier with Serbia and Croatia to stem the tide of migrants passing through the country and violating its sovereignty. As one would expect, many “progressive” governments and institutions criticized Hungary for its actions, levying special criticism towards its Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Orban has been particularly vocal about his opposition of the European Union’s policy of allowing migrants and refugees unhindered entrance into Europe. This unhindered entrance into the continent complements Soro’s dream of a borderless-society rather conveniently it would seem.
President-elect Donald Trump had called out George Soros for his meddling in US affairs several times including during the presidential debates with Hilary Clinton and in his presidential campaign television ad titled Donald Trump’s Argument For America.