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IT WORKED: Hungary’s Tough Opposition To Soros Forces Him To Relocate University In Vienna

In February, Hungarian legislators introduced a “Stop Soros” bill in parliament with the express intention of “empower[ing] the interior minister to ban non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support migration and pose a national security risk.”

Submitted by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the bill proposed an anti-immigration campaign that specifically targeted Soros for using his philanthropy to promote open borders in eastern Europe.

The Soros hammering now appears to have worked, as “the man who broke the bank of England” will relocate his Hungary-based college, Central European University, to Vienna.

According to Reuters, the Central European University (CEU) “signed an agreement with the City of Vienna to open a new satellite campus there.” The move stems from a law in Hungary that set tougher restrictions on awarding licenses to foreign universities (CEU originated in New York).

“The new law stipulated that CEU must open a branch in its ‘home state’ of New York alongside its campus in Budapest and secure a bilateral agreement of support from the U.S. government,” reports Reuters.

Sveriges Radio reports that Éva Fodor, Deputy Rector at CEU, expressed hope that CEU would not have to relocate to Vienna as they have complied with the Hungarian government’s requirement that they set up a branch in New York. More than likely, the government will still not approve their request for permanent residency, leaving them hanging in the wind with no option but to move.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said during a press conference that no decision will be made anytime soon. For this, Fodor said, “If the government still has not signed this agreement in mid-June, then we will start planning to move the entire university to Vienna.”

Fodor lamented that Hungary’s new law has created many new complications and headaches. “It’s hard to recruit new staff when we can not even tell where their workplace will be,” Fodor added.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has made it his mission to expel the influence of Soros from the nation. This past October, he said of the hedge fund billionaire, “The Soros network has an extensive sphere of influence within the European Parliament and other EU bodies. Its aim is to build a Europe of mixed population and to condemn the Hungarian government for opposing their view on migration.”

In reaction to campaigns against him in both Hungary and Britain, Soros has only whined, portraying himself as a victim of “toxic, personal” criticism against him.

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