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    The EU Commission's vide-president called on Budapest to leave in peace a university funded by George Soros, accused by Hungarians of meddling in internal affairs.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans urged Hungary Wednesday to allow the work of the Central European University (CEU), founded by billionaire George Soros.

    "As [Former Hungarian Foreign Minister] Tibor Navracsics said last week: 'the Central European University is one of the most important universities not only in Hungary'… I agree with Tibor on the importance of the Central European University being able to operate in Budapest undisturbed," Timmermans said at the European Parliament.

    Hungarian-born US magnate and philanthropist George Soros attends an economic forum in Colombo on January 7, 2016
    The bill adopted on April 4, and signed by Hungarian President Janos Ader on Monday, requires foreign-accredited universities to provide education services in their countries and bans them from awarding Hungarian diplomas in case of absence of an agreement between Hungary and a country of accreditation.

    The CEU is accredited in the United States. The university does not provide educational services in the United States and there is no bilateral agreement between Budapest and Washington required by the law.

    On Tuesday, the CEU said that it would challenge the law in court.


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