Hungary came under fire this week for passing a bill targeting the English-language Central European University (CEU), founded by US billionaire investor George Soros, which has long been seen as a hostile bastion of liberalism by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government.
The move triggered a united cross-party wave of indignation in the European Parliament, with EPP Chairman Manfred Weber stressing, “Freedom of thinking, research, and speech are essential for our European identity.
“The EPP group will defend this at any cost.”______________________
Party officials came under pressure to condemn the Fidesz party, which is affiliated to the centre-right EPP group.
EPP spokersperson and MEP Siegfried Muresan told EURACTIV party leaders will discuss the situation with Fidesz at its 29 April presidency meeting.