Soros Foundation moves from Budapest to Berlin

Viktor Orban and Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw

Viktor Orban and Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw

This included criticizing the migration of influx of Muslim migrants into Europe and attacking forces that Orban believed were trying to push a pro-immigration agenda, including Soros.

"The so-called Stop Soros package of laws is only the latest in a series of such attempts".

Rights groups in Hungary and overseas have denounced the proposals as an effort to silence critics. The Hungarian government opposes the Open Society's open immigration policies.

Orban, who won a landslide election victory last month, has repeatedly accused Soros and his organization of encouraging migrants and undermining the national culture.

Orban said on Monday that he had also discussed the next European Union budget with Morawiecki.

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Orban's brand of populism appealed to nationalist voters who are concerned over the growing number of Muslim refugees and immigrants who have entered Hungary in recent years.

A magazine owned by an Orban ally later published the names of hundreds of NGO staff, academics, and journalists it said were in the pay of Soros.

George Soros' charitable foundations announced Tuesday that they are leaving Hungary, the New York Times reported. Soros' face adorns political ads across the country which read, "Don't let Soros have the last laugh".

The campaign was criticized in the Hungarian Jewish community as having anti-Semitic overtones.

The OSF said it would "pursue all available legal avenues to defend the fundamental rights that are threatened by the legislation" and "continue to support the important work of civil society groups in Hungary".

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OSF's Gaspard Budapest had funnelled more than 100 million euros in public funds into its "hate campaign" to "spread lies about the Foundations and their partners", he said.

The foundation backed by the Hungarian-born U.S. billionaire is set to move its staff to the German capital of Berlin.

Hungary says it would not agree with any proposal that would provide the potential for blackmail of anyone with regard to the payment of European Union funds based on the treaties.

Despite the OSF's departure, the university said that "it reaffirms its determination to remain in Budapest", and urged the government to allow it to stay.

"CEU can not go into another academic year in a situation of legal uncertainty", its rector Michael Ignatieff said on Tuesday.

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