BUDAPEST, April 3, 2017 (BSS/AFP) – Thousands of demonstrators marched in Budapest on Sunday in support of a university founded by Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros that says Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government wants to push it out of Hungary.
The US-registered Central European University (CEU), founded in Budapest by Soros in 1991, says it is directly targeted by draft legislation the government submitted last week.
The proposed new rules affect universities from non-European Union countries and would ban their awarding of Hungarian diplomas without an agreement between national governments.
Such institutions would also be required to have operations in their home country.
The future of the CEU, which does not have a US campus, now “depends on talks between the governments of Hungary and the United States,” Orban said on Friday.