>> George Soros' foundation could quit Hungary after a crackdown by the country's right-wing government. The Open Society Foundation accused Prime Minister Viktor Orban Friday of stifling non-government groups, but said it would make a decision after Parliament passes a so-called Stop Soros Law. The legislation would allow the Interior Minister to ban NGOs helping migrants.
As Reuters Martin Denis says, many fear a slide into authoritarianism.>> NGOs are as concerned as can be. They understand, especially those NGOs that deal with the migration issue in any way, shape, or form, know that they would need the Interior Minister's approval to continue their operations. And given that this government is very, very hostile to any organization that support migrants or migration in anyway, they know that they are very unlikely to get that permission.
>> Open Society funds independent journalism and supports groups fighting corruption and helping asylum seekers. But hard line Nationalist Orban accuses it of promoting mass migration. Orban's draft law, expected to pass soon, has provoked EU legal action. But at home, he's popular and scored a landslide election victory this month.
Orban made clear he'd be glad to see the back of the Soros foundation. You might understand, he said, if I don't cry my eyes out.