EU in ‘bal­ance’ says aca­demic

The Guardian Weekly - - World Round Up -

The rec­tor of the Cen­tral Euro­pean Uni­ver­sity, founded in Bu­dapest by phi­lan­thropist Ge­orge Soros, which is un­der threat of clo­sure by Vik­tor Or­bán’s gov­ern­ment, linked its fate to that of Europe as a whole. Ahead of a vote by MEPs on a re­port call­ing for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether Hun­gary has breached EU core val­ues, Michael Ig­nati­eff said the ac­tion of con­ser­va­tive MEPs would be telling.

“The is­sue of de­ci­sion for Euro­pean con­ser­va­tives is whether they like what he [Or­bán] says about democ­racy and aca­demic free­dom and a free press,” Ig­nati­eff said.

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