Skip to Content

US State Department tries to save Soros University in Hungary

Why is the Trump admininstration putting ​out a statement to save a George Soros funded university in Hungary?

Published: April 13, 2017, 12:09 pm

    Read more

    Budapest

    Not long ago, the BBC reported on the Soros funded university being threatened with closure by new legislation from the Hungarian government, as the CEU was established and registered in New York State.

    Students and staff at the Central European University (CEU) in Hungary were protesting against what they say are government plans to close it down, but Hungary’s president, János Áder, nevertheless signed the measures into law the following day.

    One protester, Miklos Lipkovszky-Barna, told the New York Times that foreign NGO’s needed to stay in the country.

    The government says the CEU and other foreign-funded universities are operating outside the law, and that the new legislation aims to create a proper legal footing.

    The university says new legislation proposed by Viktor Orban’s Fidesz government makes it impossible for it to function. While the European commission did not go that far, the US State Department has called on Hungary to suspend the law.

    Education Secretary Laszlo Palkovics said the proposed legislation followed a review of 28 foreign universities operating in Hungary, including the CEU in Budapest. “This is not an anti-CEU investigation and not against Mr Soros,” he said.

    But according to the British Express, Hungary’s top education official, Zoltan Balog, reportedly said: “We are committed to use all legal means at our disposal to stop pseudo-civil society spy groups such as the ones funded by George Soros.”

    The CEU rector and president, Michael Ignatieff, has said the law would bring the university under government control, giving officials the power to deny work permits to some non-EU teachers and restrict the university’s ability to choose its students.

    The university has become a platform for pro-immigration lobbies, globalists and interventionists

    The Hungary-born billionaire founded the university in 1991 and continues to fund it, and his venture is supported by the US State Department:

    Press Statement

    Mark C. Toner
    Acting Spokesperson

    Washington, DC
    March 31, 2017

    The United States is concerned about legislation proposed by the Government of Hungary on March 28th that imposes new, targeted, and onerous regulatory requirements on foreign universities. If adopted, these changes would negatively affect or even lead to the closure of Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.

    CEU is a premier academic institution accredited in the United States and Hungary, with staff and students from over 100 countries. It has strengthened Hungary’s influence and leadership in the region through its academic excellence and many contributions to independent, critical thinking.

    We urge the Government of Hungary to avoid taking any legislative action that would compromise CEU’s operations or independence.

     

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • spirild2

      From my hungarian friend living in Norway; it seem EU and big food companies (Nestle amongst others) are using Hungary to get rid of “second class” food, that means food they couldnt sell in the West. Soros, why isnt he in jail? The misery of this world has one and only one reason: Big money!

    • me

      Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…..

    • Eric Bligan

      To the US State Departement I say “Go fuck yourself” if you don’t understand democracy in a sovereign democratic state. We know How you work and Why you promote your private business in foreign countries. We say NO, as simple as that.
      Furthermore, I consider that Soros must be ashed.

    Europe

    Is Yulia Skripal a hostage of the British government?

    LondonYulia Skripal, the daughter of a former Russian spy, is alive, but has leveled no accusations at Russia for her alleged poisoning in the Skripal affair. She appeared on camera with a fresh scar on her throat from a trachea cut.

    Marine rips into Macron’s failed policies in live interview

    ParisMarine Le Pen, leader of the Front National, was a guest on the political talk show on French television where she ripped into unpopular President Macron's failing policies.

    Scandal shakes German refugee authority: Cash for asylum

    More than 25 000 asylum cases will have to be re-processed after Germany's Federal Office for Refugees and Migration (BAMF) became mired in a corruption scandal at its regional office in the northern city of Bremen.

    Britain’s claims about Skripal affair ‘precarious’ says German media

    BerlinGerman intelligence already had a sample of the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals in the United Kingdom at least two decades ago. And so did the US and Britain.

    Crisis brewing in ‘parking lot for migrants’

    Some 120 000 migrants are currently heading towards Croatia, en route to enter the European Union via the popular Western Balkan route. Croatian police have been put on alert.

    US newspaper urges Ukraine to bomb Kerch Strait bridge

    As Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Kerch Strait Bridge connecting Crimea with mainland Russia on Tuesday, an opinion piece in an American newspaper urged Ukraine to bomb the bridge.

    Large EU firms are pulling out of Iran

    Major European firms have started to pull out of Iran to avoid being hit by harsh US sanctions despite tough talk by EU leaders.

    Leaked Italian manifesto suggest lifting of anti-Russian sanctions

    RomeIn a leaked manifesto, entitled Government for Change, calls for sanctions against Russia to be scrapped in Italy have been revealed. If this happens, Germany and France, could soon follow suit.

    Hungary and Poland stand firm against EU’s immigration plans

    WarsawAt the beginning of this month, 58 European and African countries gathered in Morocco in Marrakech to discuss issues such as migration and development. The EU plans to support immigration to Europe, not to stop it.

    Italy inching towards forming new government

    Leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement (M5S), Luigi Di Maio said that a fresh meeting with League chief Matteo Salvini on the formation of a new government went well on Friday.

    Go to archive