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EU leaders ask universities to join forces on academic freedom

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MEP Christian Ehler and ERC president Maria Leptin both warn of threats to European society

Leaders from EU politics and research have called on universities across the continent to join them in defending academic freedom, warning that free enquiry and even democracy itself are under threat.

MEP Christian Ehler (pictured), a leading member of the European Parliament research committee, sounded the alarm at an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the League of European Research Universities on 19 May.

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