The international pushback on Soros-funded influence is headed for a showdown in one country, as a university in Hungary, financed by liberal open-borders billionaire George Soros, is fighting back against new regulations.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a strong advocate of U.S. President Donald Trump, has proposed a new bill that targets foreign-funded universities, requiring that non-EU universities have a bilateral agreement with their home countries, along with a campus in their home countries.
The Central European University, established by George Soros in 1991, claims they are being targeted directly, and says they won’t stand for it.
CEU president Michael Ignatieff reportedly complained to reporters in Budapest on Wednesday, “The bill is a threat to our continued existence in Hungary. This is an institution that doesn’t bow to intimidation or force.”
Hungary’s Education Ministry State Secretary Laszlo Palkovics denied that the bill is directly targeting CEU or Soros, but that universities that don’t measure up to the new standards will be prohibited from enrolling new students in September of next year.
Bloomberg reported, however, that Orban, like Trump, has frequently denounced Soros for his support of open borders. Orban has implemented one of the strictest border policies in the world, building fences to keep illegal migrants from invading Hungary.
Other countries have opposed Soros’ influence as well. Russian President Vladimir Putin banned Soros-funded organizations in 2015, stating that they threatened the country’s security and constitution, Bloomberg reported.
Also, Uzbekistan closed down the local Soros group office in 2004, and Israel passed a bill in 2016 which implemented strict rules on foreign-funded groups.
But the CEU president threatened, “This university won’t close and won’t be pushed around.”
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