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Hungary's Foreign Affairs Ministry summons American and German chiefs of mission over opposition to Lex CEU

Kristóf Altusz, an undersecretary with Hungary's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has summoned the chiefs of mission of both the United States and German embassies in Budapest, because senior officials in their respective countries have publicly expressed concern over the higher education law passed by the National Assembly on Tuesday, now commonly called Lex CEU.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:13

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Hungary's opposition unanimously condemns passage of lex CEU

At a press conference held after the vote, independent MP and DK spokesperson Ágnes Vadai said passage of the law was a "clear and unmistakable attack on education, science and the future of Hungarian youth."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:44

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Hungary passes bill targeting Central European University, reactions

Hungary has passed a bill which could force an internationally respected university out of the country. Hungary's 199-seat National Assembly voted 123 to 38 in favour of the legislation, placing tough restrictions on foreign universities operating in Hungary, to effectively rid the country of Central European University, despite a growing domestic and international bloc of opposition to the measures. The bill, proposed last Tuesday and made more stringent with a modification on Monday, would impose unfulfillable requirements on CEU, which could strip it of its Hungarian accreditation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 16:15

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Freedom House reports ‘spectacular breakdown of democracy’ in Hungary

Pro-democracy group Freedom House said Tuesday that a "spectacular breakdown of democracy" has been taking place in Hungary, a country that stood as model of democratic change after the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 16:13

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Former Fidesz oligarch: Orbán planned to buy out independent TV station with Russian money

Former Fidesz oligarch Lajos Simicska once played a crucial role in establishing Fidesz's economic hinterland. After a very public falling-out with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in 2015, Simicska's companies have gone from being among the top beneficiaries of lucrative state contracts to being all but cut off.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 16:12

Read more: Former Fidesz oligarch: Orbán planned to buy out independent TV station with Russian money

Fidesz: The left and Jobbik are the poodles of Soros and Simicska

According to the governing party, the Jobbik has found a new godfather. Lajos Simicska , once close to the prime minister, now seems to be the biggest supporter of the right-extremist party.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:10

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Hungary involved in record $22 billion Russian “Laundromat” money laundering fraud

Hungary is one of several countries affected by the large scale "Laundromat" money-laundering scandal, which was uncovered three years ago.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 16:10

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We would like to create the country of tranquillity and prosperity, Gyurcsány says

Ferenc Gyurcsány spoke at the conference entitled "Election 2018 – Election Program of the Democratic Coalition" of the Foundation for a New Republic (Új Köztársaságért Alapítvány) established by the Democratic Coalition (DK), where he said: we would like to have a government and a country, which straightens up the present and builds the future.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:31

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Commissioner Tibor Navracsics made a stand for the CEU

In an interview with Index, the Commissioner said that the Central European University is one of the most important institutions in the whole European Higher Education Area, therefore he would like to see the university functioning after it corrects the possible irregularities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:34

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Former PM Gyurcsány outlines his election programme

The Democratic Coalition (DK) will work to create a country of peace and prosperity after the 2018 elections, party leader Ferenc Gyurcsány told the party's congress. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 16:09

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US State Department condemns Hungarian higher education bill

In what will no doubt be perceived by the Hungarian government as a blatant attack on Hungary's national sovereignty, the United States Department of State issued a statement Friday calling on Hungary to refrain from adopting legislation that could potentially cause the closure of Central European University.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 March 2017 16:19

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Orbán: “Soros university cheating”

The future of the "Soros university" depends on US-Hungarian intergovernmental talks, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview to public radio.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 March 2017 16:17

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Foreign Policy: Stand Up for Free Speech and the CEU

Each year, usually in October, the staff of the Central European University Press meet with its advisory board, of which I'm a member, in an elegant circular room just off the rector's office at the university's headquarters in Budapest. The press is small, staffed by a young Hungarian team. Most of the titles that they publish sell in the hundreds or low thousands of copies, like many academic publishers' lists. The meeting is orderly, respectful. It is a far from radical or revolutionary endeavor.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 March 2017 16:14

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Opposition isn't united behind Botka

According to a poll which was published in the weekly newspaper HVG, only half of all opposition voters think that the socialist candidate László Botka is capable of running for PM as the nominee of a united democratic opposition. Both Mr. Gordon Bajnai and Mr. Attila Mesterházy were supported by more potential opposition voters in 2014.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 18:51

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Gyurcsány says: They want to usurp my party

The statement of Gyula Molnár that the MSZP would like to take 200 thousand voters from the Democratic Coalition (DK) can only be considered as a declaration of war – the former prime minister said on Klubrádió's 'Megbeszéljük' ('Let's Discuss It') programme.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 18:49

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