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Maciej Kisilowski
We were afraid that we would wake up in an authoritarian state, and from this proposal, in terms of checks and balances, this is a giant step forward. The glass is basically half-full, half-empty. We are no longer talking about an overnight putsch, but we are still talking about a very large number of judges retired at once.feedback
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Sep 25 2017
CEU has been commented on by 50 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about CEU are: George Soros, Viktor Orban, Dawn Fitzpatrick and Dorit Geva. For instance, the most recent quote from George Soros is: “I am distressed by the current Hungarian regime's use of anti-Semitic imagery as part of its deliberate disinformation campaign. Equally, I am heartened that together with countless fellow citizens the leadership of the Hungarian Jewish community has spoken out against the campaign.”.
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Viktor Orban

A development over the past week is that they (Soros and associates) are trying to set up a European institution, an asylum authority at European level, which would appropriate these powers from the nation states. According to this, we would not decide who we accept into our countries. Indeed, this would also deprive nation states of distribution activities related to the admission of refugees.feedback

George Soros

The moment of truth is fast approaching. The fact is that Brexit is a lose-lose proposition, harmful both to Britain and the European Union. It cannot be undone, but people can change their minds.feedback

George Soros

Households will realise that their living standards are falling and they will have to adjust their spending habits. To make matters worse, they will also realise that they have become over-indebted and they will have to pay back their debts. The divorce process would take at least five years to complete, and during that time new elections would take place. If all went well, the two parties may want to remarry even before they have divorced.feedback

George Soros

Only by taking this path can she hope to persuade Parliament to pass the laws that need to be enacted.feedback

George Soros

[Orbán] cast himself in the role of the defender of Hungarian sovereignty and me as a shady currency speculator who uses his money to flood Europe – particularly his native Hungary – with illegal immigrants as part of some vague but nefarious plot.feedback

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

This latest assault on civil society is aimed at silencing critical voices within the country, has ominous echoes of Russian's draconian 'foreign agents' law, and is a dark day for Hungary. This vicious and calculated assault on the rights to freedom of expression and association is a serious miscalculation and contravenes Hungary's human rights obligations. It must be challenged on all levels - from grassroots organizations in Hungary to the European Union in Brussels.feedback

Csaba Toth

There is no anti-NGO or anti-foreigner sentiment in Hungarian society, which is widely pro-European.feedback

Viktor Orban

There is an important element in public life in Hungary which is not transparent and not open – and that is the Soros network, with its mafia-style operation and its agentlike organizations. The Hungarian people, have the right to know who represents what and to what end, and what goals they seek to achieve through their operations.feedback

Tamas Dombos

This law is obviously not about transparency. The result is that we'll have to deal with a lot more bureaucracy – and this could be part of the government's strategy. The goal is to make the work of NGOs that are critical of the government much harder, if not impossible.feedback

Erzsebet Schmuck

We should not be afraid of the NGOs but rather of the members of Parliament who represent Russian interests.feedback

George Soros

The European Union must resist temptation to punish Britain and approach the negotiations in a constructive spirit. It should use Brexit as a catalyst for introducing far-reaching reforms.feedback

George Soros

I am ideologically opposed to the people who are waging that war and I stick to my principles, stand up for it, and I think we shall prevail.feedback

Viktor Orban

This is a declaration of war. We are facing a financial speculator who has made a lot of money while ... plunging many into poverty. The Hungarian government is defending the borders, built fences, and under these circumstances the Soros plan can't be carried out.feedback

George Soros

I am full of admiration for the courageous way the Hungarian people have resisted the deception and corruption of the mafia state the Orban regime has established. Most Europeans of my generation were supporters of further integration. Subsequent generations came to regard the EU as an enemy that deprives them of a secure and promising future. This feeling was reinforced by the rise of anti-European, xenophobic parties that are motivated by values that are diametrically opposed to the values on which the European Union was founded.feedback

George Soros

I am full of admiration for the courageous way the Hungarian people have resisted the deception and corruption of the mafia state the Orban regime has established. I'm also encouraged by the energetic way the European institutions have responded to the challenge emanating from Poland and Hungary.feedback

George Soros

By imposing an austerity policy they made it practically impossible for the debtor countries to grow out of their debts. The net result was neither voluntary nor equal.feedback

George Soros

Now we need a collaborative effort that combines the top-down approach of the EU institutions with the bottom-up movements that are necessary to engage the electorate.feedback

George Soros

Most Europeans of my generation were supporters of further integration. Subsequent generations came to regard the EU as an enemy that deprives them of a secure and promising future. Externally, the EU is surrounded by hostile powers – Putin's Russia, Erdogan's Turkey, Sisi's Egypt and the America that Trump would like to create but can't. Internally, the European Union has been governed by outdated treaties ever since the financial crisis of 2008. These treaties have become less and less relevant to prevailing conditions.feedback

George Soros

Externally, the EU is surrounded by hostile powers – [Vladimir] Putin's Russia, [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan's Turkey, [Abdel-Fatah al-] Sisi's Egypt and the America that [Donald] Trump would like to create if he could, but can't.feedback

George Soros

This is not who I am. I am the proud founder of the Central European University.feedback

Beny Steinmetz

He has an obsession with me … he's nuts. He met Condé, he corrupted the process [of issuing mining rights]. When he came, there was a mining industry. Now the mining industry is shut up. He is totally lying. I have never spoken to Cillins about this. I have never given any instruction. This is just using my name for free.feedback

Matthew Rojansky

The idea that Russians would tell a story in which the Clinton campaign, Soros and even an Obama administration official are connected – that Russians might tell such a story, that is not at all surprising. Because that is part of the Kremlin worldview.feedback

Beny Steinmetz

He is totally lying. I have never spoken to Cilins about this. I have never given any instruction. This is just using my name for free.feedback

Gábor Kiss

In recent weeks the European Parliament and the European Commission have sent more and more serious warnings to the Hungarian government for breaching the founding values of the Union. The demonstrators' message to Prime Minister Viktor Orban is the following: CEU should remain in Budapest, civil society should remain in Hungary, and Hungary should remain in the EU.feedback

Dorit Geva

It's not just a coincidence. It's the result of a long-term strategy that has worked so far. The National Front has been really good at saying all along that they're the party of change, so they … have given young people a lot of responsibility.feedback

Dorit Geva

Many within the party will see [Le Pen's performance] as a success. The people I've had contact with have assumed that she [would] not win the election. ... And for them it fits into this longstanding narrative that it has to do with the structure of the elections process, which is designed to always discriminate against the National Front.feedback

Joseph Daul

The EPP Presidency sent a clear message to Prime Minister Orbán and his party, Fidesz, that we will not accept that any basic freedoms are restricted or rule of law is disregarded. This includes academic freedom and the autonomy of universities. The EPP wants the CEU to remain open, deadlines suspended and dialogue with the US to begin.feedback

Viktor Orban

It's almost like someone being accused of murder, then he's convicted, while the alleged victim is alive and kicking, moreover, pointing fingers at the convicted, crying: 'Murderer!feedback

Stephen Colbert

Tuck's a bit mellow today, because for your safety, I have been testing the strength of some of George Soros' patented mind-control marijuana.feedback

Viktor Orban

We are not as big and powerful as you are and as big as powerful as George Soros the American financial speculator attacking Hungary, who has destroyed the lives of millions of Europeans with his financial speculations, who has been fined for speculation in Hungary and who is an open enemy of the euro. In many aspects, we are unhappy with how the EU works. When we criticise the EU, it's because we want to correct these mistakes and we want to reform the European Union.feedback

Viktor Orban

I know that the power, size and weight of Hungary is much smaller than that of the financial speculator, George Soros, who is now attacking Hungary. Despite ruining the lives of millions of European with his financial speculations, being penalized in Hungary for speculations, and who is an openly admitted enemy of the euro, he is so highly praised that he is received by the EU's top leaders. There can be no special privileges, and no one may stand above the law – not even George Soros's people. George Soros is spending endless amounts of money to support illegal immigration.feedback

Lina Vosyliute

We are together here with the civil society representatives who are also threatened by currently proposed laws in Hungary, and we stand also for the rule of law.feedback

Mark Dawson

If we have an E.U. that is based on an idea of a political union, it has to mean something at the end of the day.feedback

Frans Timmermans - European Commission

Recent developments in Hungary have got many people worried in the E.U. but also in the outside world. We share those worries and concerns. The European Union is a project driven and designed by its member states.feedback

Tibor Fischer

The western media’s portrait of the Hungarian leader as an enemy of democracy and an antisemite isn’t just puzzling, it’s disgusting. The possible closure of the Central European University in Budapest has unleashed waves of denunciations directed at the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, in western media. Orbán has been accused of leading an “assault on freedom” in the New York Times, while one Guardian writer has summoned up the spectre of Munich 1938.feedback

Maximilian Teleki

Regrettably ... the Hungarian government has chosen to focus energy on the ill-conceived legislation attacking NGOs and the prestigious American university, CEU, which is quickly deteriorating bilateral relations. This is yet another unforced error that is deeply concerning to the Hungarian-American diaspora.feedback

Thorsten Benner

Thorsten Benner is director of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. Wolfgang Reinicke is president of GPPI and a professor at the School of Public Policy at Central European University, where he served as founding dean from 2011 to 2016.feedback

Laszlo Palkovics

When somebody talks about hurting the autonomy, closing universities, either universities belonging to Mr. Soros or someone else, this is simply not true. Nobody is going to close any university, the Hungarian government opens universities, opens educational new locations, but not closing them. The autonomy of universities, whether it's in Hungary registered, working university, foreign university, it is stated in the constitution that university autonomy should not be.. cannot be hurt: So the government has no such target.feedback

Viktor Orban

The government does not close down any universities and does not close down the CEU either ... the aim of the government is to ensure that all universities are governed by the same rules, and there should not be privileges.feedback

Attila Juhász

This is a long-form strategy that they (Fidesz) want to maintain until the elections, so it is much more difficult to backtrack on this. This is not just about CEU, this all fits into the campaign against Soros. This is part of the political ideology that is a foundation stone of Orban's system - national interests against foreign interests.feedback

Janos Ader

It is the interest of all of us that the value created at foreign universities in Hungary in the past years should continue and accumulate further and academic work should continue undisturbed.feedback

Kornel Klopfstein

According to the government one of the centers of these people is at CEU... We should stand up for academic freedom and for CEU. The government is always looking for someone to fight with, and Soros seems like a perfect person for this because he funds NGOs in Hungary and he funds CEU as well.feedback

Bara Bognar

The method, the lack of dialogue, the efforts for years to annihilate all democratic institutions, this cannot be the future of us nor our children.feedback

Kornel Klopfstein

The government is always looking for someone to fight with and Soros seems like a perfect person for this, because he funds NGOs in Hungary and he funds CEU.feedback

Bara Bognar

They want to completely undermine and eradicate what remains of civil society. The method, the lack of dialogue, the efforts for years to annihilate all democratic institutions – this cannot be the future of us or our children.feedback

Kornel Klopfstein

The government wants to silence pretty much everyone who doesn't think the same as them, who thinks freely, who can be liberal, can be leftist. According to the government, one of the centres of these people is at CEU … We should stand up for academic freedom and for CEU.feedback

Dawn Fitzpatrick - UBS

The floor was definitely not a place for people who were cute, prim and proper. It was the one place where you could succeed beyond your wildest dreams. One of the things I believe women have more of is humility in their investments. We'll cut losers quicker, in a more effective way, than generally men will.feedback

Dawn Fitzpatrick - UBS

From my perspective, perceptions matter, and it was important for me that I was there. I didn't want them to think I was anything but focused.feedback

Dawn Fitzpatrick - UBS

Basically overnight, these guys who I would stand next to from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day lost their homes, lost their marriages, just everything in a flash. It really left an indelible mark on me.feedback

Dawn Fitzpatrick - UBS

Clearly, there are single moments in time when I would have rather been a 6-foot-3 blond-haired ex-football-playing guy. But those tended to be offset by the times when I thought it was an advantage to be a woman.feedback

Ross Margolies

Dawn would see possible risks, multiple layers, beyond anyone else in the room. It was almost like she was playing a game of three-dimensional chess.feedback

Dawn Fitzpatrick - UBS

The fall comes, and I'm nauseous, and I'm gaining weight, and it doesn't even cross my mind that I could be pregnant.feedback

Dawn Fitzpatrick - UBS

In reality, if we had Hillary Clinton as our president, I think we'd be here or higher.feedback

Marty Atlas

I remember her playing Monopoly with all these other kids, and she ended up with all the hotels.feedback

Dawn Fitzpatrick - UBS

If we do a good job in terms of generating returns, the impact the money created can have is tremendous, and that's really motivating.feedback

Goran Buldioski

This law is clearly a thinly-veiled political bid to put pressure on critical voices in a time of growing authoritarianism. This law attacks the people who have helped citizens challenge corruption and arbitrary power, who have stood up for free and independent media and for open debate. The notion that any of this represents a threat to national security is patently absurd.feedback

Roza Thun

We all have to respect, we want to respect values to which we subscribed: that means especially freedom, democracy, human rights, peace. And when I am thinking about the Central European University, freedom of education.feedback

Gergely Gulyas

Organizations funded by George Soros are attacking the Hungarian government more sharply than ever before. Hungary has to defend itself through transparency.feedback

Zoltan Balog

To operate under this new law is not impossible. It applies to everyone and we expect everyone to comply. Even the organisations of George Soros should not be above the law in Hungary.feedback

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

If we want to be a shining beacon of human rights in the world... then Europe can't remain silent when civil society members like the Central European University in Budapest are being stifled.feedback

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

We Germans want to keep the European Union together, we want to build a common future in Europe, together with our partners, both large and small, having equal rights and being equally committed. If we want to be a beacon for the rule of law and human rights in the world, then we have to care if this foundation shakes in the heart of Europe. And Europe must not be silent if civil society, even science, as it happened at the Central European University in Budapest, the air they breathe is taken away. Europe must not be silent.feedback

Dorit Geva

There's the issue of terrorism but there is also the issue of the extremely violent acts that have occurred within France against police within the last few months, including the firebombing of a police car, which a lot of French citizens found extremely disturbing. It's true the acts of terrorism are extremely important but there are also internal events that are not as well known to an international audience but are still just as important, if not more so. If there was an act of terrorism between now and the election that could be enough of a tipping point to get Le Pen into the Elysee.feedback

Dorit Geva

The situation is very fluid and a most unusual set of circumstances. Hamon is a new phenomenon in the socialist party and to have a LR so compromised is also extremely unusual. So it's a really dramatic presidential election.feedback

Dorit Geva

It's true economic issues matter a lot. But with the issues of security, including international security and the threat of terrorism, there is a very profound sense of discomfort about France's internal security, that has to do with the sense of the decline of public order and declining police power. And that's very much on people's minds too.feedback

Michael Ignatieff

It remains unclear why the government feels this legislation is necessary given their acknowledgement of CEU's contributions to Hungarian academic life.feedback

Viktor Orban

This is not fair to Hungarian universities. There is competition among universities and it is inexplicable why we should put our own universities at a disadvantage ... while securing an unfair advantage for the foreign university. It makes no difference if someone is a billionaire in Hungary ... this university also has to respect the laws. Hungary is a country which always supports learning but does not tolerate cheating.feedback

Laszlo Lovasz

CEU is a very significant scholarly center. It is good that it operates in Budapest.feedback

Jesse Walker

I first started encountering anti-Soros invective in the 1990s. Interestingly, it was coming from the left – people were worried that he was buying up the movement (or, in a less conspiratorial vein, that the possibility of chasing Soros dollars would distort the independent left's activities). It's not just everyday Republicans who don't like him; there are also, for example, anti-Semites, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories can get pretty baroque.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

So you can see how powerful this guy Soros has become. He can smear anyone he wants in a variety of ways. His organizations can raise millions for politicians, who will do his bidding. Thus, he can demand that politicians running for office do what he tells them to do.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

'The Factor' has been investigating far left billionaire George Soros, a man who wants to impose a radical left agenda on America. And under the radar, he is making great progress.feedback

Phil Kent

George Soros is really the Dr. Evil of the whole world of left-wing foundations. In fact, one of his most chilling quotes a few years ago was that the main obstacle to a stable and just world is the United States. He really hates this country.feedback

Richard Morais - Forbes

He's largely treated like a saint in most of the media, and I think that's a very dangerous situation.feedback

Michael Ignatieff

We will defend our achievements vigorously against anyone who seeks to defame our work in the eyes of the Hungarian people.feedback

Laszlo Palkovics

This is not an anti-CEU investigation and not against Mr. Soros. We don't have any concern about the quality of the diplomas.feedback

Michael Ignatieff

We are willing to work with the Hungarian government. But now that trust has been broken by the tabling of this law, a simple return to our existing legal status simply will not be sufficient.feedback

Michael Ignatieff

If it is passed, CEU will resort to all available legal remedies. We will never close this university and we will maintain the continuity of our academic programs no matter what. We're part and parcel of Hungarian academic life and an attack on us is an attack on all academic institutions in this country.feedback

David Kostelancik

It enjoys strong bipartisan support in the U.S. government. The United States opposes any effort to compromise the operations or independence of the university.feedback

Laszlo Palkovics

This is not a move against any university of any foreign country but a clarification of the law. Just because a university is affiliated with Mr. Soros, that doesn't mean that Hungarian law does not equally apply to it.feedback

Chris Stone

You cannot export democracy, you can only import it and build it locally. We see our work (in Eastern Europe) continuing for decades. That work will ebb and flow.feedback

Marta Pardavi

If people feel there is going to be retaliation, negative consequences for their private lives, then this potentially could have a chilling effect, reduce the number of people interested not only taking part in civil society organisations but in general public affairs.feedback

Bojan Maricik

There is no dialogue in a context where the government marks you as an enemy of the state.feedback

Szilard Nemeth

Fake NGOs of the Soros empire are sustained to suppress national governments in favour of global capital and the world of political correctness. These organisations must be repressed by all means and I think they must be culled altogether. I think there is an international opportunity to do that now.feedback

Maria Vasarhelyi

The fact that NGOs are called the enemy of the government shows these are no longer democracies.feedback

Nikola Gruevski

Soros turns Macedonian NGOs into a modern army. They crush you. They make you a criminal, a thief, traitor, idiot, a monster, whatever they want. Then you have to go to elections.feedback

Marta Pardavi

Our position, which Orban has called 'pretty human rights nonsense' has just won in Strasbourg. If I were the Hungarian government I would be considering the necessary legislative amendments now. Helping refugees has become stigmatised. Many organisations decide to keep it in the background. Old, trusted, large organisations are afraid to step up publicly to avoid the backlash on their other activities.feedback

Viktor Orban

It is a collusion of human traffickers, Brussels bureaucrats and the organisations that work in Hungary financed by foreign money. Let's call a spade a spade: George Soros finances them.feedback

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