Orbán: those who campaigned for the expulsion of the CEU were not telling the truth
Those who campaigned on the assumption that the Central European University (CEU) was closed were clearly not telling the truth, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his latest letter “samizdat” also published in English on its website Saturday.
In the letter titled The Persecuted and Expelled University of Budapest, Orbán said: “Time is irrelevant! A conference was held in the CEU building on Nador utca, a main street in the heart of Budapest ”.
He said he had heard for years “from liberal politicians and their supporters in the media that the Hungarian government closed the Central European University and kicked it out of Budapest”.
Referring to press reports, Orbán said that on Thursday and Friday an international press conference was held on the CEU campus in Budapest, which was attended by prominent representatives of liberal academia and life. Politics.
“How could such a thing happen? It is clearly because those who campaigned on the assumption that the university was closed were not telling the truth,” the prime minister said.
“We Hungarians are not surprised: we know how George Soros and his team work. The Hungarian speculator has always been adept at shifting actions against his business ventures to appalling social injustices – or even vicious anti-Semitic attacks against him personally, ”he said.
He lamented by asking the question “what could have been in the minds of the illustrious academics, politicians and intellectuals who attended and spoke at this conference? “.
“How did they reconcile their appearance at university with the lie that CEU had been kicked out of Budapest by the Hungarian government?” I wonder how these academics, professionals and politicians feel now, having lost all professional credibility after swallowing the lie spread by George Soros and his global network? ”Said Orbán. He added that “it is embarrassing – very embarrassing” and that “maybe someone should organize a conference on this subject on the CEU campus in Budapest”.
He said Hungary was attacked over the Soros University issue for refusing “to allow the billionaire speculator to continue his abuse of power.”
“In the 1990s, Soros’ staunch ally, Balint Magyar – education minister in a government coalition of liberals and ex-communists – introduced a rule that gave Soros University an unfair competitive advantage over Hungarian universities. We have filled this gap by requiring that all foreign universities in Hungary operate under the same conditions and comply with Hungarian higher education legislation. With one exception, all of these universities met these regulatory requirements without any problem. This only exception was the University of Soros. For its founder, there were more advantages to be gained by crying wolf and organizing an international campaign against Hungary than by simply giving up the privileges he had acquired, ”said Orbán.
Orbán concluded his article by providing “a shortlist of the biggest liar and lie” which includes Guy Verhofstadt, former leader of the EP Liberal parliamentary group, saying “Europe is in disgrace”. Orbán further mentioned Green MEP Judith Sargentini, who said in a short film she produced on Hungary that “the University of Central Europe is being forced to leave the country”. In third place, he mentioned the European Commission’s 2020 country report on Hungary which referred to “the end of the academic activities of the Central European University in Hungary”.
“The real shame for the whole of the European Union is that these blatantly false allegations are being used as the basis for European legal proceedings,” Orbán said, adding the newspaper with the question “Quo vadis Europa?”.