The Soros university controversy

The Hungarian Education Office prepares a regular review about the higher education institutions in Hungary. The latest review has revealed problems in 27 of the 28 foreign universities operating in Hungary, regarding their operational licences and course accreditations as well as problems with their cooperation with the state.  The American McDaniel College, which defines itself as a liberal institution, was the only foreign university which was fully cleared.

Based on these findings, the Hungarian human resources ministry submitted an amendment to the higher education law this Tuesday evening. The proposal includes that  foreign universities in Hungary could operate only under an international agreement to be concluded between the university’s home country and the Hungarian state. 

On the very next day, on Wednesday, the global media (Reuters, BBC, Washington Post, etc.) was full of articles like this one in the Guardian  They were all bashing Hungary hard for “attacking academic freedom” and what have you.  All the articles were really wailing only because of CEU (Central European University), a private university founded and paid by billionaire George Soros, the mastermind behind Europe’s flooding with illegal migrants.

Incidentally this quote from The Guardian made me giggle:

The university’s departure would deal a serious blow to higher education in Hungary and the country’s reputation as a regional leader.

The left-liberals have been telling us for ages what an unimportant and side-lined country Hungary has become since 2010 (when Orbán took office)…

The liberal mayor of Vilnius (Latvia’s capital) released a much publicized public letter on Wednesday morning, stating that they’d be happy to host CEU.  (Please, do so!)

usempbceuThe USA embassy in Budapest was up in arms immediately as well and they issued this statement:

Together with some Democrat politicians in the USA, the American president of CEU issued threats regarding “the relations between the USA and Hungary”.   President Michael Ignatieff also insisted on his Wednesday press conference that “CEU complies with regulations and these issues must be discussed in talks”

Today the State Department of the USA has also issued a statement:

The United States is concerned about legislation proposed by the Government of Hungary on March 28th that imposes new, targeted, and onerous regulatory requirements on foreign universities. If adopted, these changes would negatively affect or even lead to the closure of Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.

CEU is a premier academic institution accredited in the United States and Hungary, with staff and students from over 100 countries. It has strengthened Hungary’s influence and leadership in the region through its academic excellence and many contributions to independent, critical thinking.

We urge the Government of Hungary to avoid taking any legislative action that would compromise CEU’s operations or independence.

I wonder if President Trump is concerned about Soros’ university, too?

Prime Minister Orbán has responded to the hysteria briefly this morning in his regular fortnightly radio interview: “even if you’re a billionaire, you’re not above the law”. Whether CEU could operate in Hungary in the future would depend on talks between the USA and Hungary and on a future agreement between the two countries.  Answering a question whether negotiations would be held with the CEU, he said that “all the CEU has to do is to comply with the law.  We’re not going to have talks with them because they are not the US government even if that’s what they might want to be”

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The Business School of George Soros’ Central European University

Well, I certainly keep my fingers crossed that CEU will not provide courses in “gender studies” in Budapest soon.  The Soros network must be driven out of Hungary as soon as possible.

Update:  Response of the Government of Hungary to the press statement of the Department of State of the United States of America

The Government of Hungary found it with surprise that the Department of State of the United States released a press statement that is based on factual errors.

Hungary is a sovereign country which formulates its external relations in the spirit of mutual respect, goodwill and with the aspiration to reach compromise. According to our intentions, non-EU universities may operate in our country only if Hungary has entered into an inter-state agreement with the country of origin for the university. Accordingly, the Government of Hungary is ready to engage in talks with the Government of the United States with respect to György Soros’s university in Hungary.

Update on the 4th of April:   With the vote of every and each gov’t MP, Hungary’s parliament has passed the fast-tracked amendment to the education law today.

Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States to Budapest David Kostelancik has issued the following statement:

The United States is disappointed by the accelerated passage of legislation targeting Central European University, despite the serious concerns raised by the United States, by hundreds of local and international organizations and institutions, and by thousands of Hungarians who value academic freedom and the many important contributions by Central European University to Hungary.

The Central European University is a successful and prestigious American-Hungarian institution and has been an important component of the U.S.-Hungarian relationship for 26 years. The United States will continue to advocate for its independence and unhindered operation in Hungary.

Deputy Secretary State Kristóf Altusz of Hungary’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has summoned Mr. Kostelancik (and  Germany’s Chargé d’Affaires) tomorrow morning in response.

A new beginning in Hungary-USA relations

Réka Szemerkényi, an economist, political scientist and politician, has been Hungary’s Ambassador to the United States since 2015. She served as State Secretary for Foreign Policy.  She worked as a Senior National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán from 1998 to 2002.

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Mrs. Szemerkényi gave an interview a few days ago (see a  summary here). Let me summarize the most interesting points:

  1.  President Donald J. Trump has a “very positive” opinion of Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and negotiations about a possible meeting of the two leaders are under way.
  2. She has already met with almost half of the U.S. government and the relationships have been so good that other embassies in the United States have asked her for advice and contacts.
  3. She has met and has spoken  with President Trump three times since he was inaugurated less a month ago. Out of more than a hundred ambassadors to the USA , only six were invited to that round table talk where she met President Trump last time.
  4. She has met Vice President Mike Pence.
  5. She has had talks with Attorney General Jeff Sessions three times. She has also met  Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Hungary has been “at the back of the queue” in Washington DC since 2001 when PM Orbán’s first government decided to buy new Swedish Grippen JAS-39 fighter jets instead of second-hand F-16’s under the presidency of George W. Bush.  The relations became particularly bad during the last few years of  the Obama administration, especially when the US embassy to Hungary was run by Charge d’Affairs Andre Goodfriend who directly meddled in Hungarian domestic politics.

Now it seems we’re getting to the “front of the queue”. 🙂

 

 

The triumph of reality over the politically correct liberal model

 

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The conclusion of an election model made by a well-known PC-liberal think tank.

 

Somehow Huffington Post forgot to publish this figure which shows  the time-dependency of their sophisticated mathematical model: 🙂

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Down with PC liberalism! Hurray for Trump!

Prime Minister Orbán said about Donald Trump in Transylvania this July:

The antiterrorism proposals of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump make him the better option for Europe and for Hungary.

The ideas of the upstanding American presidential candidate about the need for the best intelligence services and his opposition to “democracy export” were also applicable in Europe.

I have listened to Mr. Trump’s proposals to stop terrorism, and I myself could not have drawn up better what Europe needs.

PM Orbán was the first (and perhaps the only) incumbent leader who endorsed would-be President Trump.

He commented on Trump’s victory this morning like this

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Congratulations! What a great news! Democracy is still alive.

The worm has turned.  The presidency of Donald Trump will hopefully mark the end of the politically correct madness which has engulfed the West.

Down with the so-called “LGBTQI  rights”, down with the illegal migration which is killing Europe, down with “democracy export” to the Middle East, down with the whole rotten politically correct liberal madness Hillary Clinton represented!

Orbán’s lecture on the 27th Summer Open University in Transylvania

Thank you for Bill Still  for the English-subtitled video. Please check out his website.

The video starts playing where, as the first (and so far only?) incumbent leader in the world, he endorsed US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.
However it’s highly recommended to watch the lecture in full!

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