2nd Dec 2023


Soros's Open Society to close office in Budapest

US billionaire George Soros' pro-democracy Open Society Foundation (OSF) has decided to move its Budapest-based international operations to Berlin, the foundation said on Tuesday. The moves comes as PM Viktor Orban's government prepares to impose further restrictions on NGOs with its 'Stop Soros' legislation. "It has become impossible to protect the security of our operations and our staff in Hungary from arbitrary government interference," Patrick Gaspard, OSF president, said.

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Brussels denies having no 'concern' on Spain's amnesty law

The Spanish government remains secretive about its negotiations with pro-independence Catalans, but claims the EU Commission has "zero concerns" about their proposed amnesty law for Catalan separatists. The EU executive denies that.


Dubai's COP28 — a view from the ground

Discussion of the biggest existential threat humanity has ever faced is barely mentioned on billboards or signage in Dubai — yet visitors are made aware quite quickly that t world rugby sevens tournament is imminent.

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