George Soros' Open Society Foundation is gearing up to battle hate and the far-right in eastern Germany. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) is predicted to perform well in three upcoming state elections.
The foundation of American billionaire George Soros plans to expand operations in eastern Germany, where right-wing populists are strong, his Open Society Foundation said Friday.
"As a first step we will work with local partners in eastern Berlin and surrounding areas to launch an initiative to fight against hate crimes," said Selmin Caliskan, the director of the foundation's Berlin bureau on Friday. Details of the action will be released in the coming months.
In light of the political landscape in eastern Germany, the Open Society Foundation is seeking to support organizations that promote an open, liberal and pluralistic Germany. According to Caliskan, the foundation supports more than 50 civil society organizations in Germany.
The Hungarian-born Soros has become a bête noire of the European far-right for his promotion of open borders and liberal causes.