After a fractious few years between Soros and the government, the billionaire is ending his ties with Hungary

Billionaire George Soros, the man who hit headlines this year for bankrolling an anti-Brexit campaign, has announced he is ending his operations in Hungary.

The Open Society Foundation, which aims to ‘bring democracy to all,’ will be leaving after Soros accused Budapest of repressing civil society.

The group based its decision on the fact that Budapest “prepares to impose further restrictions on nongovernmental organisations through what it has branded its “Stop Soros” package of legislation.”


Prime Minister Viktor Orban has repeatedly spoken out against the detrimental agendas of Soros’ foundation and other NGOs, accusing the billionaire of meddling in Hungary’s internal political affairs by funding opposition groups.

Speaking on the recent election and the victory of his Fidesz party, Orban said“I know they won’t accept the result of the election, they will organize all sorts of things, they have unlimited financial resources.” 

When news of the Open Society Foundations’ possible departure from Hungary broke in April, Orban said: “You might understand if I don’t cry my eyes out.”