Viktor Orban finds a new target: international NGOs

IN A speech in 2014 that substantiated his liberal opponents’ worst fears, Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, said he planned to turn the country into an “illiberal state”. On June 13th Hungary’s parliament took its latest step in that direction, passing a law that requires NGOs which receive foreign funding to register with a court, and to declare the fact on websites and official publications. The law applies to all groups that receive more than €24,000 ($29,000) a year from abroad. The law is part of a concerted campaign by Mr Orban against liberal and human-rights organisations, especially those supported by George Soros, a Hungarian-born billionaire and philanthropist. State and pro-government media have spent months railing against Mr Soros and his Open Society Foundation, painting Mr Soros’s support of more generous European asylum policies as a liberal plot to flood the continent with migrants and destabilise Hungary.

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Source: Europe Economic News