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Merkel's Government Warns Hungary in Clash Over Soros University

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government warned Hungary against obstructing democracy with a law that threatens to shutter a university founded by George Soros, renewing tension between the two European Union allies.

The extraordinary legislation “raises the impression” that the operation of foreign universities in Hungary will be made difficult, “or in individual cases impossible,” Merkel’s deputy spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer, said Wednesday. She singled out Central European University, the Budapest-based institution Soros founded in 1991 to train post-communist democratic leaders in eastern Europe.