Soros and Gates foundations are two of the biggest donors to the powerful Council of Europe – commentary

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Last year, a massive scandal exploded after French lawyer and head of the European Center for Law and Justice Gregor Puppinck revealed the powerful influence of George Soros within the European Court of Human Rights. Now, Puppinck has revealed that Soros’s Open Society Foundation and Bill Gates’s Microsoft are two of the largest donors to the Council of Europe based on the institution’s annual financial reports.

According to Puppinck’s report, both foundations have donated almost €1.4 million to the Council of Europe between 2004 and 2013 and €690,000 between 2006 and 2014. The Open Society Foundation also supports several Council of Europe initiatives.

Since 2015, there has been no trace of direct financing because the Council of Europe has created a separate fund for non-budget, voluntary donation. Thanks to this, it does not have to show this money in its financial reports.

This issue concerns not only the Council of Europe, but also the International Criminal Court which received $115,000 from the Open Society Foundation in 2017. The WHO and UN also received financial support. In fact, Gates’s foundation is the second largest donor to the WHO after giving the organization $530 million in 2019 — coming in behind only the United States.

Eighty percent of the WHO’s budget it based on voluntary contributions from foundations and governments. This method of financing creates doubts as to the independence of the organization. It is through international organizations that “progressive” donors want to accomplish their global goals, which represents an offensive of “philanthropic billionaires” is an attempt to gain global political influence with the omission of democratic mechanisms and control.

Moreover, George Soros in particular has personal connections with several influential members of these international organizations.

Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland called Soros his “good friend” while others, such as the commissioner for human rights of the Council of Europe until 2018, Nils Mulznieks, was a program director employed by Soros. Jean-Claude Juncker and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also call Soros their friend. The list goes on, with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of powerful people connected to Soros. 

In an interview with France’s Valeurs Actuelles weekly, Puppinck revealed what lies backstage regarding these personal relations with Soros. The billionaire and his lobbyists met with EU commissioners, such as Vera Jourova, 64 times between 2014 and 2018, and they often even took friendly selfies during their meetings. Puppinck suggests a very strong and privileged lobbyist position of Soros and his activists, as many presidents and European governments never were permitted such close relations with European Commission officials.

Meanwhile, another of Soros’s organizations, “Open Democracy”, has gathered massive amounts of journalistic resources against Puppinck and his organization for Puppinck’s investigations into Soros’s influence. They branded the European Center for Law and Justice as “crusaders” and a “secret army” which is meant to “break into our democratic institutions”.

This is a well-known method of silencing political opponents who are interfering with the most powerful people in the world, and in the case of Soros, representing an effort to create a new post-democratic government system on the international level.

The “opening” of societies is in reality a preparation for closing them within an unclear and opaque new global order.

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