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Hungary and United States clash over university

Hungarian and US officials are in public disagreement over whether the US government has any authority over the fate of the Budapest-based Central European University.

Hungarian authorities have said they are open to negotiations with the US government over the future of CEU, which is threatened with closure by contentious new legislation covering international universities in Hungary. However, the US government is denying that it has any authority over the university’s fate.

Hungary’s foreign affairs ministry said on 22 March that “an American-Hungarian agreement on the CEU is possible”. “It is difficult to understand the American government’s standpoint”, the ministry said, adding that “several similar treaties already exist between the two countries’ governments”.

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