We are writing to draw your attention to the Hungarian government’s current attack on Central European University, one of the partner institutions of the TransCrisis consortium.
As many of you know, CEU is a private university located in Budapest and chartered both in the US (New York) and Hungary. According to the latest QS rankings, the university is ranked 42nd globally in Politics and International Studies. Viktor Orban’s government has tabled legislation that will effectively prevent CEU from continuing to operate in Hungary. The move is part of a wider campaign against independent institutions in Hungary, which Orban explicitly set out to turn into an ‘illiberal democracy’.
You can read CEU Rector and President Michael Ignatieff’s statement here
And some background in the Guardian
All of you who want to support CEU may send a statement to European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics: firstname.lastname@example.org
And/or European Parliament Culture and Education Committee Chairman MEP Petra Kammerevert: email@example.com
Thank you for your support.
Nick Sitter & Agnes Batory (CEU, TransCrisis partners)
Martin Lodge (TransCrisis coordinator)