ALDE schools Hungary’s Orban on academic freedom

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (C) arrives for the Tallinn Digital Summit in Tallinn, Estonia, 29 September 2017.

ALDE schools Hungary’s Orban on academic freedom


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The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) Group in the European Parliament called on European Union leaders to pressure Hungary’s prime minister to allow the Central European University in Budapest to provide education also in the United States, as required by a new Hungarian law.

ALDE issued the following statement: “The Central European University has done all it can to comply with an invasive new Hungarian Higher Education Law. New York State has negotiated an agreement with the Hungarian government which would allow the CEU to provide for education also in the US, as required by Prime Minister [Viktor] Orban’s new law.”

“Instead of signing this agreement, it seems Prime Minister Orban now intends to prolong a legal deadline, which will drag out proceedings unnecessarily, a move which will have potentially detrimental consequences for the faculty, staff and students.”

According to ALDE, Orban’s “prevarication” represents a continued attack on academic freedom.

“There is no place in Europe for Prime Minister Orban’s attacks on educational facilities.”

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