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Oct 26, 2018

Government Spokesman says CEU's Vienna threat is “a Soros-style political bluff”

“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

Hungary’s government spokesman has said that the recent statement by the Central European University in regards to the distribution of American diplomas being transferred to Vienna is “a Soros-style political bluff”.

“The Central European University has always operated in Hungary, is operating in Hungary today, and in our opinion will always be operating in Hungary,” Zoltán Kovács said.

“The statement according to which the University will be transferring the distribution of American degrees to Vienna is part of this political bluff, and the government does not react to such things, it is not its business to deal with such matters,” he added.

In response to questions concerning further negotiations, Kovács said CEU should instead begin addressing matters “that they have already been told about a thousand times”.

“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,” he said.

President-Rector of CEU Michael Ignatieff announced that if no solution is found by December 1st, then from the 2019-20 academic year new students applying for the University’s masters and doctorate programs with American accreditation will study at the CEU campus in Vienna.