About: Central European University (CEU)

France and Germany pile pressure on Poland and Hungary over rule of law

As EU affairs ministers in Luxembourg on Wednesday (9 April) again discussed the rule of law in Poland and Hungary, a joint Franco-German statement proposed a new hearing after the European elections in June.
EU Elections 2019 15-03-2019

Orbán apologises to EPP leaders he called ‘useful idiots’

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has apologised to European conservative parties for calling them "useful idiots" over an anti-EU billboard campaign that could see his party ejected from the European Parliament's dominant centre-right EPP bloc.

Soros-funded university says it is being forced out of Hungary

Hungary's Central European University, founded by George Soros, said on Monday  (3 December) it has been forced out of the country in "an arbitrary eviction" that violated academic freedom, and confirmed plans to enrol new students in neighbouring Austria next year.

Hungarian opposition denounces Gruevski’s case ‘disgrace’

The leaders of three opposition parties represented in the Hungarian parliament published on Sunday (2 December) an open letter in which they call a “disgrace” the granting by Viktor Orbán of asylum to former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
Future EU 29-11-2018

Hungary persists in row with Soros-founded university

Just days from a deadline to settle a legal dispute with a university founded by US billionaire George Soros, Hungary's foreign minister indicated Wednesday (28 November) his government will not back down.
Future EU 26-10-2018

Soros university says it being forced out of Hungary, mulls move to Vienna

Hungary's Central European University, a graduate school founded by US financier George Soros, said it was being forced out of the country by the nationalist government and would switch to enrolling new students in Vienna.
Future EU 11-10-2018

A silver lining in ‘illiberal’ Hungary

The looming decision on whether to close the prestigious Central European University (CEU), a symbol of the resistance in Hungary, is bringing together the opposition to forge an innovative plan to end the ‘Orbánian’ state, EURACTIV.com reports from Budapest.
Central Europe 05-10-2017

EU steps up action against Hungary over ‘anti-Soros’ NGO law

The EU yesterday (4 October) intensified its legal action against Hungary over a crackdown on education and foreign-backed civil society groups that critics say targets US billionaire George Soros.
Elections 18-07-2017

Meeting of minds as Netanyahu visits Orbán

Hungary welcomes Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu today (18 July) on a landmark visit that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán hopes will bolster him in his battle with George Soros and deflect charges of stoking anti-Semitism.

European Commission steps up infringement procedures against Hungary

The Commission opened an infringement procedure against Hungary on Thursday (13 July) for its new law on foreign-funded NGOs, and went a step further in another infringement it had launched in April over the Higher Education Law, that seeks to close the Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros.
Brexit 01-06-2017

Soros: Britain could reunite with the EU before the divorce is completed

Investor and philanthropist George Soros said today (1 June) that the EU should use Brexit as a “catalyst for introducing far reaching reforms”, transforming itself into an organisation that Britain would like to rejoin before the divorce is completed.
Global Europe 24-05-2017

US reject talks with Hungary over higher education law

The United States has no intention of negotiating with Hungary about its new higher education law, which could force a top university founded by US financier George Soros out of the country, the US State Department said yesterday (23 May).
Freedom of thought 22-05-2017

Hungarians protest government crackdown on universities, NGOs

Thousands of protesters marched through Budapest on Sunday in a demonstration against tough laws targeting foreign-backed NGOs and higher education institutions, amid rising tensions between Budapest and Brussels.

Orban pledges to comply with EU law

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban promised to respect EU law after EPP leadership told him today (29 April) that his attempts to close the Central European University and his campaign against Brussels were "unacceptable".
Central Europe 27-04-2017

Orbán: Hungary has no big issue with EU, it has a problem with Soros

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he was committed to the EU and accused US billionaire George Soros of "attacking" his country yesterday (26 April) as he defended a law that could close down a university founded by the philanthropist.

Hungarian university president: ‘I need the support of Europe’

The head of a Budapest university pressured by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán appealed to Brussels for help yesterday (25 April), a day before the European Commission will announce infringement procedures against Hungary, and when Orbán will address MEPs.
Freedom of thought 24-04-2017

Petition launched to eject Orbán’s Fidesz from EPP

Change.org, a global platform for launching petitions, has initiated a call to the European Peoples’ Party to kick out Fidesz, the political force of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, from the EU’s largest political family which has sheltered him so far despite his authoritarian drift.
Elections 21-04-2017

Soros gets warm Brussels reception amid spat with Hungary

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and several Commissioners will meet US financier George Soros next Thursday (27 April) as part of consultations on a new Hungarian law that could close a university he funds, and of legislation targeting foreign-funded NGOs.
Elections 13-04-2017

Anti-government demo forms giant heart in Budapest

Thousands of Hungarians joined fresh protests in Budapest yesterday (12 April) denouncing the government's moves against NGOs and the respected Central European University founded by US billionaire George Soros.
Freedom of thought 11-04-2017

Hungarian education minister: University law protestors were ‘misled’

Hungarian Minister for Education László Palkovics told reporters in Brussels that tens of thousands of protestors who oppose the country's new university law were “misled” and media reports on the legal overhaul “do not reflect the truth”.
Elections 11-04-2017

Hungarian president signs law threatening Soros university

Hungarian President János Áder yesterday (10 April) approved a controversial law seen as targeting the respected Central European University founded by US billionaire George Soros, despite protests at home and abroad.
Freedom of thought 10-04-2017

Jourová: EU action unlikely to change Hungarian university law

Restrictive legal changes in Poland and Hungary overshadowed EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová's announcement of new figures comparing EU countries' judicial systems today (10 April). The Commission will debate a newly passed Hungarian law targeting the Central European University on Wednesday (12 April).

Major protest in Hungary over Soros university law

Hungary saw the biggest anti-government protest in three years on Sunday (9 April), as tens of thousands demonstrated against new higher education legislation seen as targeting the respected Central European University.

EPP warns Budapest with Article 7 ‘nuclear option’

EXCLUSIVE / If the democratic drift in Hungary continues, the European Union may consider placing Budapest under the Article 7 procedure of the EU Treaty, which provides for sanctions against a member state, a spokesperson from the European People's Party (EPP) warned.

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