They Published an Enemies List. The Response Was Unexpected

Pro-government magazine in Hungary publishes 200 names
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2018 11:25 AM CDT
George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundations, calls the Hungarian government "repressive."   (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo, File, via AP)
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(Newser) – One of Hungary's most famous native sons is at odds with the country's newly re-elected prime minister in a political fight that has international implications. The dispute between billionaire philanthropist George Soros and Prime Minister Viktor Orban escalated Tuesday when Soros announced that he was closing his Open Society Foundations offices in Hungary and moving them to Berlin. Soros blames the "repressive" policies of Orban, while Orban accuses Soros of trying to flood Hungary and the rest of Europe with immigrants to undermine governments. A look at what's going on:

  • 'Stop Soros': Orban campaigned on a law known as "Stop Soros" designed to hobble non-government organizations such as the OSF, reports the BBC. Among other things, it would put a crippling 25% tax on foreign donations to programs designed to promote immigration.
  • Surprising tie: Back in 1988, a young Orban applied for and received a scholarship from the Soros organization to study how countries make the transition from dictatorships to democracies, reports the New York Times. "One of the main elements of this transition can be the rebirth of civil society," he wrote. Critics say he's doing precisely the opposite as prime minister. "That past connection makes the current moment that much more remarkable," writes Marc Santora.

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