Hungary’s Election Result to Further Crackdown on Civil Society

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Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party signaled it could push on with legislation to crack down on organizations promoting migrant rights as soon as parliament reconvenes after Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s sweeping election victory on the 8th of April. A bill of the so-called “Stop Soros” package, submitted to parliament before the election, would impose a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that the government says back migration in Hungary. The election was the latest victory for European populism, observers suggest. Only a couple of days later, a Hungarian magazine published the names of more than 200 people it claimed were part of a group PM Orban called “mercenaries” allegedly paid by George Soros to topple the government. Read more here.

Source: Democracy Digest | The Washington Post

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