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Hungary Passes Bill Targeting Soros University

The anti-Soros movement is expanding across Eastern Europe. The latest evidence of this fact is Hungary’s new law which is crafted to directly confront the prestigious Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. The school was founded by leftist billionaire George Soros in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain in 1991. The university is English speaking and headquartered in the United States.

The new rules ban institutions outside the European Union from awarding Hungarian diplomas without an agreement between national governments. They will also be required to have a campus and faculties in their home country — conditions not met by the CEU. Failure to comply would mean the CEU could not accept new student intakes from 2018, and possibly close by 2021, reports AFP.

“The new law puts at risk the academic freedom not only of CEU but of other Hungarian research and academic institutions,” said CEU.

Central European University said they would oppose the bill in the courts. The Orban government sees the university as enabling and indoctrinating Hungarians in favor of Soros liberal open border and mass migration policies, which they believe will destroy European culture and rule of law.

“If we want to be a shining beacon of human rights in the world… then Europe can’t remain silent when civil society members like the Central European University in Budapest are being stifled,” said German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

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