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Besieged CEU bolts to Vienna

Legal uncertainty and political hostility have forced the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, to move its main campus to the Austrian capital, the university has revealed.

“We have waited as long as we possibly can,” said CEU president and rector Michael Ignatieff in a statement on 25 October. “But it would be irresponsible for us not to pursue arrangements to secure CEU’s future.”

The university has been facing an existential threat from a law fast-tracked through the Hungarian parliament in April 2017, nicknamed LexCEU. The law requires that any higher education institution with funding from another country must have a campus in that country.

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