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George Soros pulls Open Society Foundation out of Hungary

BILLIONAIRE George Soros’s Open Society Foundation has pulled out of Hungary, citing attacks and repression from Viktor Orban’s nationalist government.

Hungary has long accused currency speculator Mr Soros of funding a “network of organisations” including NGOs and the Central European University, which it claims are used to interfere in the country’s internal politics.

Following his election success in April, Mr Orban promised to implement a so-called “Stop Soros” Bill aimed at curbing pro-refugee activities in Hungary.

He has clashed with the European Union over refugee quotas and has presided over a clampdown on press freedom in Hungary, with the government moving to close down opposition media organisations.

Confirming the relocation of its headquarters to Berlin, Open Society 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.”

Mr Soros has donated funds to a number of pro-EU groups, including the Best for Britain anti-Brexit campaign organisation which is “fighting to keep the door open to EU membership.”

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