BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary’s nationalist government introduced legislation that would empower the interior minister to ban non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that support migration and pose a “national security risk”.
The bill, submitted to parliament late on Tuesday, is a key part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s anti-immigration campaign targeting U.S. financier George Soros whose philanthropy aims to bolster liberal and open-border values in eastern Europe.
The government says the bill, which would also impose a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that back migration in Hungary, is meant to deter illegal immigration Orban says is eroding European stability and has been stoked in part by Soros.
Hungary and Poland are both under nationalist governments that have clashed with the European Union leadership in Brussels over their perceived authoritarian drift deviating from EU standards on democracy and rule of law.
Continue reading Hungary submits anti-immigration ‘Stop Soros’ bill to parliament
Doubts grow on how bloc of 65 million can function at critical time in EU history.
Central Europe’s unity is cracking.
The common purpose the region rediscovered during the refugee crisis has frayed in recent months amid differences over matters large and small, concerning everything from regulatory fine print to the future of Europe.
Continue reading Visegrad 4 cools on Europe, and each other
FIFTY frail Slovak octo-and-nanogenerians, their uniform jackets adorned with shiny medals, sat patiently in the sun on August 29th through speeches and performances (pictured). Seventy years ago, these men and women joined a bloody uprising against the Nazi occupiers. But the event that should have been a celebration of their bravery was hijacked by politics.
Shortly before leaving office in mid-June, the former Slovak president, Ivan Gašparovič, invited his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin to join the ceremony. After all, some 140,000 Red Army troops lost their lives when liberating former Czechoslovakia from the Nazis, said those who defenders the invitation, which was made after Russia annexed Crimea.
Continue reading The Slovak National Uprising – A celebration hijacked by politics
Far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos is slated to speak at an event funded by the Hungarian government in January.
A website promoting Hungary’s presidency of the Visegrad group, comprising the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, has published the agenda of “The Future of Europe” meeting.
The conservative provocateur adheres to a “West is best” mantra, taking a stance against immigration and refugees.
He once told a radio host that if Australians allowed 12,000 Syrian refugees to stay in their country, it would result in their “daughters being raped”.
Continue reading Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at Hungary-funded V4 event
Officers from Russia’s FSB security service gained inside knowledge of the workings of Poland’s Internal Security Agency (ABW) when the previous government was in power in Warsaw, according to a report.
The Russian officers came to Poland legally, invited by Poland’s counterintelligence service at the time, Polish public broadcaster TVP Info reported on its website.
The official celebration of Poland’s 99th independence day went innocuously, with the usual ceremonies in the capital. There was even a visit from the European Council’s internationalist president, who insisted to Politico that Saturday’s festivities would proceed “with a smile on our face and with joy in our hearts.”
But for blocks and blocks and blocks beyond the central towers of Warsaw, a much larger crowd swelled beneath a cloud of red smoke.
Tens of thousands of people had come from across Poland and beyond, and reporters documented their signs:
“Clean Blood,” as seen by Politico.
“Pray for an Islamic Holocaust,” per CNN.
Continue reading Poland defends massive far-right protest that called for a ‘White Europe’
Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly afraid of the Ukrainian army as it is getting stronger. This opinion was expressed by the former Commander of the Polish Land Forces and Deputy Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Poland, Waldemar Skrzypczak, in the commentary section of Ukrinform.
Continue reading Polish general: Putin increasingly fears Ukrainian army