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Universities step up fight against ‘illiberal democracy’ in Hungary

Universities, charities and learned societies in Hungary are attempting to navigate a fresh onslaught of government intrusions that they say threaten their autonomy.

“We are not willing to accept any restrictions of academic freedom,” Liviu Matei, provost of the Central European University in Budapest, told Research Europe. “We will do as much as we can to continue all of our activities.”

On 24 August, the CEU suspended two education skills programmes for refugees and an EU-funded project on migration policy. The university fears the activities could make it subject to a vaguely worded new law that places a 25 per cent tax on funding for organisations that help refugees.

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