George Soros’ Open Society Foundations is ending its operations in Hungary, accusing Budapest of repressing civil society. PM Viktor Orban has repeatedly slammed the tycoon for meddling in the nation’s internal affairs.
Viktor Orban has declared the end of “liberal democracy” in Hungary, saying it has failed to defend freedoms and Christian culture in wake of the migrant crisis. He vowed to build a “Christian democracy” defying EU dictates.
Thousands of protesters attended a massive rally in Budapest, to defend “free press” and to oppose Viktor Orban’s “regime,” which, after its recent landslide election victory, aims to pass a so-called ‘Stop Soros’ anti-NGO bill.
Budapest will continue to uphold its strong anti-immigrant stance, despite attempts by the EU and media moguls to portray migration as a positive process and a basic “human right,” Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said.
The European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee will ask MEPs to vote for Hungary to be sanctioned over alleged violations of the rule of law, just days after Viktor Orban's decisive re-election.