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Hungary’s Crackdown on Soros-Linked School Brings EU Lawsuit Threat

  • European Commission reacts to rules on foreign universities
  • Controversy is latest spat between Orban and rest of EU
George Soros

George Soros

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European Union regulators threatened to sue the Hungarian government for tightening the regulation of foreign-funded universities including one established by billionaire financier George Soros.

The European Commission, the 28-nation EU’s regulatory arm, began an infringement procedure that could result in a lawsuit against Hungary because of possible breaches of the bloc’s open-market rules. The Hungarian educational legislation could shutter Budapest-based Central European University, which Soros founded in 1991 to train post-communist democratic leaders in eastern Europe.