Soros foundation quits Hungary to escape 'unprecedented' tactics

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki meets his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban in Warsaw Poland

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki meets his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban in Warsaw Poland

The government's hate campaign has included propaganda posters and billboards, invoking anti-Semitic imagery from World War II, and a supposed "national consultation" attacking George Soros, founder and chair of the Open Society Foundations, and Hungarian human rights groups.

As you know, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has been in power since 2010, in recent months sharpened his nationalist rhetoric and especially critical of the US billionaire George Soros.

"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", Patrick Gaspard, president of the Open Society Foundations, said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.

According to the publication, the office and the staff of the Foundation Open Society Foundations will be moved from the capital of Hungary in Berlin.

Open Society Foundations, the George Soros backed organization that has helped create the economic migrant crisis in Europe, is leaving the Central European nation of Hungary, declaring it can not "protect its employees from government".

Moving operations out of Budapest will have a significant impact on the more than 100 staff based there, most of whom are engaged in worldwide grant making. "The will of the people is going to rule the political arena".

Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs declined to comment.

The theme of thwarting Soros's alleged efforts to encourage immigration dominated the election campaign during which Orban said some 2,000 "mercenaries" paid by Soros were working in Hungary.

George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundation, waits for the start of a meeting at European Union headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2017.

The government has repeatedly denied this. It would also impose a 25-percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that back migration. Michael Ignatieff, the school's rector and former Liberal Party leader in Canada, told Reuters after the election results he was hopeful the school would not be affected, but that the Vienna, Austria campus would soon be able to accommodate more students if necessary.