Leaked documents from the Open Society Foundations show the group to have actively trained socialist MEPs to combat populist parties and shut down free speech.
A series of documents leaked from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations have revealed a number of startling revelations about the work of the NGO when it comes to combating what they refer to as “xenophobic parties” in countries around Europe. According to at least one document the foundations has been calling for the censorship of language in the European parliament they term as hateful and have been actively working with various socialist members of the European parliament to train them on how to combat “xenophobic populism.”
The leaked document entitled, “The Open Society European Policy Institute Outcomes and Activities Update”from December 2015 to February 2016 describes the various topics and initiatives the Open Societies foundations’ European policy institute (OSEPI) is trying to push through the European parliament and other European governments.
Under the heading of equality and anti-discrimination the document provides insights into how the foundation operates and it’s relationships with politicians. Not only does the foundation claim to want to put a stop to populist parties but is also actively training socialist MEPs in the European parliament. The report states, “OSEPI organised a follow-up training session for Socialist MEPs on how to counter xenophobic populism in the parliament.”
Another leaked document showed that the xenophobic parties the group refers to are populists like the Italian Northern League who are well known for their staunch opposition to Islamisation in the north of Italy and cooperate with Silvio Berlesconi’s Forza Italia. In another leaked report form the OSEPI entitled “Presidential portfolio review: Equality and Antidiscrimination,” from April 21st of this year, the Northern League and leader Matteo Salvini are referred to as, “xenophobic.”
Another telling piece of the report is the fact that the OSEPI admits to actively trying to shut down free speech in the European parliament. “Further meetings of OSEPI and ENAR5 took place with MEPs to advocate the re-drafting of the parliament’s rules of procedure to prohibit and sanction hate speech,” the report reads. Hate speech can be a broad topic, with many unable to define the limits of what constitutes hate speech.
Laws in Germany have gone so far as to ban criticism of migrants or insulting them and the legislation has led to multiple raids and arrests of German citizens who have posted speech on social media that the government has decided is hateful.
The leaked Open Society foundations documents were posted to the website DC Leaks on Saturday and have so far led to multiple startling revelations as to the extent and scope of the groups involvement financially and politically across the world.