Vera Jourova has slammed Viktor Orban
Hungary’s president Janos Ader yesterday signed legislation on foreign universities that could force a top international school founded by Soros out of the country.
The Brussels bloc has attacked Orban’s government after Hungary built borders around his nation and refused to bow down to the migrant quotas demanded by the bloc.
European justice commissioner Vera Jourova escalated tensions between the two faction, saying: "I think it is good that people are visible and vocal about what is happening at the Central European University.
"The people there are courageous, open, and visible and this is what the commission will also encourage."
Jourova added any EU measures against Hungary would not change Orban’s mind – and accused the eastern European government of trying to eradicate political pluralism.
Around 70,000 protesters took to the streets against Orban's new ruling
I fear there are efforts to decrease the power and the influence of the civil society and decrease political pluralism
She added: “I can tell you my fear in Hungary is that there are efforts to decrease the power and the influence of the civil society as such and decrease the political pluralism, which is my opinion.”
Her remarks come ahead of a summit with EU commissioners later this week, where they will try to hatch a joint plan on how they will deal with Budapest.
An estimated 70,000 protesters stormed the Hungarian capital to protest Orban’s law which would close effectively close Soros’ Central European University.
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The change to Hungary’s National Higher Education Act 2011 would force the Central European University set up a campus in the US, given it is accredited in both countries.
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Vera Jourova hinted Orban wants to eradicate political opposition
Soros has been slammed by Orban for pumping cash into numerous groups in a desperate bid to undermine elected governments across Europe.
János Lázár, a Hungarian minister, accused to EU of stoking “political hysteria” and attempting to intimidate the elected government.
It comes amid news the Hungarian Liberal Party has been scrambling to propose a motion which would bind Budapest to the EU due to fears Orban could follow Britain and pull out of the crumbling bloc.