The Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros, a major figure not only in conspiracy theories but also the politics of so-called “globalism” in Europe and beyond, has been effectively pressured to remove his organization from Hungary.
This is not the first time that the (in)famous “philanthropist” has been at the epicenter of international scandals. In many countries, including those in the former Soviet bloc, the operations of Soros’ “Open Society” have been classified as what Fort Russ News Editor-in-Chief Joaquin Flores has termed “Foreign Government Organizations” (FGO’s).
Hungary’s Prime Minister Orbán has managed a milestone success in putting an end to Soros’ “globalist illness” that has spread across Europe.
Although Soros himself was born in Hungary, he was never well received in his home country. This situation especially worsened in recent years with Fidesz’ rise to power under the leadership of Viktor Orban, culminating in the recent order to close the Open Society representation that has been open in Budapest since 1984.
The “crusade” against Soros in Hungary has gained momentum over the past two years in tandem with the rise of sovereigntist and conservative ideas in the government policy. It was Hungary in which the neoliberal ideology of the American tycoon came into conflict with what Orban has called the “traditional Christian values of Europe.”
One of the main points of contention in this fight has been the issue of unrestricted immigration, a topic widely evoked in Fidesz’ electoral campaign on the eve of the legislative elections in April earlier this year. One of the mottoes of this political force throughout the race was “Let’s not let Soros have the last laugh.”
George Soros has persistently lobbied for open borders in Europe in tandem with inspiring ethnic and cultural disruptions in the developing world which have unleashed destabilization and brain-drains, thereby creating inter-ethnic tensions amidst chaotic migration from Africa and the Middle East. Soros has funded open door immigration policies to the tune of billions. Soros has aimed for Europe to accept at least one million refugees annually, along with the creation of a united migratory center for the whole continent. Hungarian PM Orban and his supporters have been keen to expose this point, arguing in particular that the refugee crisis which began in 2015-2016 has threatened to erode national and cultural identities and provoke inter-ethnic conflict.
Last year the Hungarian parliament adopted a law on “foreign agents” which greatly restricted the operations of non-governmental organizations sponsored from abroad. Hungarian parliamentarians introduced a new package of several laws dubbed “Stop Soros” which directly attacked their ideological rival in a mass-scale propaganda campaign.
As a result, Soros’ foundation has reported that its Hungarian headquarters have been evacuated to Berlin, citing “pressure” exerted by the authorities. At the same time, the entity has promised to continue its activities through other tools and partnerships.
Throughout his life, George Soros has been known as an arch-lobbyist of globalism and neoliberalism, including the concept of a United States of Europe. Hence Soros’ networks fierce rejection of Brexit, the British exit from the European Union.
Those who perceive Soros as a “US agent” have understood Soros’ initiatives as attempts at facilitating American campaigns in the Middle East, which leave the region’s populations affected by incessant conflicts with few choices besides migrating or joining the ranks of terrorist forces. This yields a self-fulfilling cycle which is fed by and feeds into US policy.
However, there are also those who avoid calling Soros an “agent” in the United States. For them, the tycoon simply professes ideas close to the Democratic Party, in reality being a mere philanthropic “fanatic” who does not save money to spread beliefs. However, it seems that many countries that have experienced Soros’ “inheritance” doubt this theory.
Protests against Soros operations are growing around the world. According to experts, over the last two decades Soros has focused more on Eastern European countries such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia and Hungary, likely because of their growing tendency to manifest conservative, non-compatible values with the globalist tycoon’s line.
On the other hand, Soros is widely known for his acute Russophobic attitudes, as a result of which his operations were officially restricted in Russia in 2015. However, it is noteworthy that in the 1990s, when a certain political vacuum was created in Russia amidst liberal and democratic reforms, the tycoon was quite successful with his foundation.
The same fate has met the Open Society in the former Soviet republics. The organization was banned in Uzbekistan in 1997 and in Belarus in 2004 for “dangerous” activities threatening national sovereignty.