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Today’s edition of the German weekly, Die Zeit, features a lengthy rant by a contributor by the name of Liviu Matei, who paints a rather unfavorable image of Hungary under the Orbán Government. We’ve grown accustomed since 2010 to this kind of hyperbole, but this one really goes over the top.
Government Spokesman István Hollik says the fact CEU will keep courses running in Budapest "makes it clear to everybody that the whole affair is nothing else, but the usual political bluff by Soros which the government does not wish to deal with"
Having just returned from the EPP Congress in Helsinki, Prime Minister Orbán sat for his regular radio interview this morning to talk about the upcoming EP elections, the UN migration pact, the ongoing national consultation and the liberal hysteria around the “Soros university”.
Hungary just needs to sign the agreement, say the liberal critics. The CEU has gone to great lengths to fulfill everything they were required to do under Hungary’s Law on Higher Education. “Academic freedom” must be preserved!
“The University is fully aware of the Hungarian regulations, according to which it could operate, but instead of actually conforming to regulations its response is a political bluff,” Zoltán Kovács said
At a press conference in Budapest this afternoon, Central European University Rector Michael Ignatieff claimed that because the Hungarian government will not sign or ratify an agreement concerning CEU in Hungary, the University plans to move parts of its operations to Vienna.
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said cooperation between Hungary and China was “better than ever”, education being one of the most important pillars of the two countries’ relations
Last spring, media and opinion leaders all over the world pilloried Hungary for what they claimed was an attempt to ‘shutter the Soros-funded Central European University’ and ‘crack down on freedom of education,’ following the introduction of administrative requirements in the amended law on higher education. The new rules imposed an impossible deadline, they argued, that could not be met.
Zoltán Balog welcomed the US secretary’s acknowledgement of the changes in Hungarian regulations and said that Hungarian officials have already taken up contact with the states of Maryland, Massachusetts and New York
PM Orbán insisted that “record high” participation in the government’s latest nationwide public survey means that “a whole nation is looking for ways to support its position of denying entry to people of a different culture or civilization”
Democracy means first and foremost accountability and the people’s right to participate in the decision making of their lives and futures. Governments, including the Hungarian government, are held accountable and can be voted out of power. The shadowy power networks of the “open society” are accountable to no one.
“The Government of Hungary has stated publicly that it can only discuss the future of CEU in Hungary with relevant US authorities, which in this case is the State of New York. The Governor welcomes the opportunity to resolve this matter and to initiate discussions with the Hungarian government without delay,” the New York state governor said
Hungarian government insiders state that they are surprised by the move considering there is an ongoing discussion with the European Commission regarding CEU, and the law on NGOs has not even been put up to vote by the Parliament. Plus, Hungary's stance on immigration is a widely accepted path worldwide
Once again appearing before a plenary session of the European Parliament devoted to “the situation in Hungary,” Prime Minister Orbán once again called attention to the double standards and hypocrisy toward a country that “protects Germany, Austria and Sweden” by upholding its international obligations to protect the EU’s border.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has appointed deputy state secretary Kristóf Altusz as the government’s negotiator on the operation of foreign universities in Hungary. It is the government’s conviction that the conditions set in the higher education act are easily achievable by all well-meaning universities
The Hungarian government is not closing down any universities, and that includes the Soros university. All the Hungarian government would like is for every university to enjoy a level playing field, and if someone would like to enjoy special privileges, such as issuing a diploma from outside Europe, then there must be an international agreement concerning that fact
On April 3, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the governments of Hungary and the US will discuss the issue of Budapest’s Central European University, in connection with new regulations on universities financed from foreign sources
Few people know that there’s not one CEU, but two. There’s the Central European University, registered in New York, which does not offer university education in New York. And there’s the Közép-europai Egyetem in Hungary. If you get a degree from CEU, who is awarding your diploma? Until now, in an inexplicable 2-for-1, the answer was both.
Instead of complying with legislative requirements, CEU has deceived the media in an attempt to retain its privileges in Hungary. For example, the 'Soros university' made false allegations in regards to its permit from the Education Office, to which it later corrected