ER Editor: We issue an extreme MSM warning for this pap propaganda piece from the Daily Mail of four days ago. However, it does generally note Soros’ next moves. And as for this threat of the ‘rise of the far right’ as justification for his actions – our eyes roll in our heads. Do they mean voting for Brexit to get out of an undemocratic superstate that British people were lied to about from the outset?
Note that the organization is now targeting economically deprived areas of England, France and Germany where the Brexit spirit and intolerance of forced mass migration are likely to be strong. These smart yet poor people know full well that accepting these people is a threat to their economic position.
George Soros’ pro-democracy foundation is ‘moving funding to western Europe including northern England’ in response to ‘rise of the far right’
- The society is increasingly turning their attention to affluent western Europe
- It has traditionally fostered programmes in eastern Europe and developing world
- It is unclear which ‘poor’ ‘pro-Brexit’ parts of northern England they are funding
George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, best known for funding civil rights activists across Eastern Europe and the developing world, is now funding projects in northern England.
The society is increasingly turning their attention to affluent western Europe in response to the rise of the far right.
Much of the enlarged focus – which includes funding organisations devoted to fostering community spirit in poorest parts of England that voted strongly for Brexit – reflects a concern that Western Europe is also succumbing to the charms of nationalist strongman leaders like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (pictured).
(ER: ‘Nationalist strongman’ Viktor Orban is widely supported by his people, especially for keeping the likes of George Soros at bay and for keeping large numbers of illegal migrants out.)
Officials at the hedge fund magnate and philanthropist’s charity, which disburses around a billion dollars a year, said the nationalist right’s recent electoral successes were triggering the same contraction in the space for independent activism that had earlier been seen in Eastern Europe.
(ER: What does that mean – ‘contraction in the space for independent activism’?)
In southern France, the foundation has stepped in to replace funding to local migrant rights and anti-discrimination groups whose financing was frozen when Marine Le Pen’s then-National Front, since renamed National Rally, took power in a number of municipalities.
With Germany’s anti-immigration Alternative for Germany set to make gains in regional elections across the country’s east in the autumn, the foundation is preparing to take similar steps, said Selmin Caliskan, a director in its new Berlin office.
‘We are now looking into the possibility of having a support and solidarity emergency fund for civil society actors in eastern Germany who share our values,’ she said.
‘Everyone who works there on racism, on anti-Semitism, on helping and supporting migrants and asylum seekers, people like the Red Cross, they all have this concern that their funding will be lost,’ she added.
The OSF, which emerged from Soros’s attempts in the 1980s to foster democratisation in Hungary, the country of his birth.
It recently moved from Budapest, which for three decades had housed one of its headquarters, due to concerns that it was no longer able to operate free of government harassment.
Goran Buldioski, head of the new Berlin office, recalls counting the ever growing numbers of government-sponsored anti-Soros billboards that mushroomed along his route to work in the final months before the move to Germany.
But, he said, the 88-year-old Soros’s elevation to global bogeyman of the far right in countries from the United States to Russia and the Philippines had little to do with the foundation or even Soros himself. The vilification was a ‘smokescreen’ to cover up attacks on local civic organizations, he added.
But its growing volume of work in western Europe was not coming at the expense of its activities elsewhere, he said.
‘Over the years, we have expanded our work to all of Europe, supporting independent civil society East to West, North to South,’ he added in a later statement. ‘There has been no shift of our work from Eastern to Western Europe.’
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