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Case CEU – how important is it?

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Left wing commentators consider the departure of the US-accredited degree modules of the Central European University a major defeat for democracy. A conservative analyst remarks that the West does not seem too concerned. READ MORE

CEU moves 4 courses out of 5 to Vienna

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

After the President of the Central European University announced that 49 of the CEU’s 59 courses will be transferred to Vienna, the debate continues in the press on whether the government’s refusal to let them stay serves or harms Hungary’s interests. READ MORE

CEU moves US degrees to Vienna

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

A leftist commentator accuses the government of trying to annihilate those intellectuals whose opinions differ from its own. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand believes that the kind of open society the Central University advocates has no place in Hungary. READ MORE

Soros meets Chancellor Kurz in Vienna

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Pro-government authors find it strange for Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to personally meet Hungarian-American financier George Soros and talk to him about Europe’s future, over and above the gradual transfer of most of the courses of Central European University from Budapest to Vienna. READ MORE

New and old arguments about the Central European University

Monday, November 5th, 2018

A pro-government commentator accuses the CEU of not meeting the Hungarian regulations that would allow it to issue US accredited degrees in Budapest. Left-wing and liberal columnists, on the other hand, think that the government is persecuting the university founded by George Soros for political reasons. READ MORE

Further comments on the departure of the Central European University

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Left-wing commentators see a litmus test in the government’s handing of the CEU affair; one explains why the Prime Minister feels he cannot compromise on that matter, while pro-government outlets ridicule the protests over the planned transfer of most CEU courses to Vienna. READ MORE

CEU sets 1 December deadline

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

The Central European University is preparing to transfer most of its courses to Vienna, but has given the government 36 days to sign an agreement which would keep the Soros-founded University in Budapest. A pro-government columnist dismisses the announcement as ‘an advertisement aimed at recruiting students.’ READ MORE

Dispute over US Ambassador’s comments

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

A Hungarian-American liberal commentator lambasts the new US Ambassador to Budapest for ignoring what he sees as the decline of democratic norms in Hungary. His pro-government counterpart welcomes Mr Cornstein’s words. READ MORE

Dispute over gender studies

Monday, August 13th, 2018

As the government proposes to cancel the accreditation of gender studies university degree programs, left-wing and liberal pundits accuse it of ideologically driven interference in higher education. Conservative commentators are divided on the proposed ban. READ MORE

Constitutional Court postpones discussion of ‘lex CEU’ and ‘NGO’ bills

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

A liberal and a pro-government pundit lambast the Constitutional Court for not discussing the constitutionality of the so-called ‘lex CEU’ and the anti-NGO legislation. READ MORE