You may already be familiar with Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary. He’s definitely become one of the more right leaning, new breed of European leadership which is shaking up the current EU establishment. He’s been a vocal supporter of Theresa May and her handling of the Brexit situation thus far. Going one step further, he’s gone on record saying that if the situation with the European Union doesn’t become more tolerable in the near future his own country may be heading for Huxit within five years. On top of that, he was the first foreign leader to sign on and signal his support for Donald Trump.
Taking at least one page from Trump’s positions on the campaign trail, Orban is lining up with leaders in the majority Fidesz party and declaring that the various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in his nation which are funded by liberal billionaire George Soros may soon be unwelcome. (International Business Times)
The Hungarian government is targeting George Soros after it said it would get rid of non-governmental organisations in the country linked to the billionaire financier.
Szilard Nemeth, vice-president of the ruling Fidesz party, told reporters that the election of Donald Trump as US president gave Budapest the opportunity to “sweep out” NGOs funded by Soros, which “serve global capitalists and back political correctness over national governments”, Bloomberg reported.
Trump is a vehement critic of Soros, whom he once described as being part of a powerful elite whose decisions have helped large corporations and “stripped our country of its wealth”.
In April 2017, MPs in Hungary will debate a bill which could lead to NGOs being audited.
A “government audit” is apparently quite a bad thing in Hungary and will very likely lead to the groups being shut down. No matter what their stated purpose, Hungary’s leaders are convinced that they are pushing globalist ideals and instituting political correctness at a destructive level. (Does any of this sound familiar yet?)
Orban wants to see all the NGOs investigated to determine where they are getting their money, what sort of “intelligence connections” they have outside of the country and whose interests they are actually representing. It doesn’t take a detective to figure out that he’s not expecting to find anything that will make him happy. For his part, Soros is insisting that he’s going to keep on doing business as usual.
Billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations will keep working with and financing NGOs in Hungary despite the Hungarian government saying that any civil society group they should be “swept out”, the head of the Foundations said on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party’s vice chairman Szilard Nemeth told a news conference on Tuesday that “these organizations must be pushed back with all available tools”….
“The Open Society Foundations will continue to work in Hungary despite government opposition to our mission of fairer, accountable societies,” Christopher Stone, President of the Open Society Foundations, said in a statement emailed to Reuters.
“In Hungary and around the world we are more focused than ever on working with local groups to strengthen democratic practice, rights and justice.”
Stiff upper lip and all that, George, but given the social structure in Hungary, I’m not entirely sure that’s going to be an option. It’s worth directing you to this recent editorial at the Observer which points out that there is nothing philanthropic about drowning a democracy in money. When fundraisers reach the point of drowning out the voices of activated voters, something has gone off the beam in the Democratic process. But returning to the Hungary question for a moment, any exit by his groups may not be optional. Any NGO operated by foreign interests is only in the country by the good graces of their hosts. If they say it’s time to go you’d best start packing.