This [legislation] would deeply impact national and European academic lives and put an end to many collaborations developed all over Europe with Hungary, not because CEU is our only Hungarian partner, but because academic collaboration should be based on trust, and trust is broken as soon as a political institution undermines academic freedom.
Anyhow, the attack is even scarier if put in a broader perspective: in the last weeks, European University St. Petersburg has been under similar attacks of the Russian authorities. 2017 has been as well an annus horribilis for academics in Turkey that had to face continuous attack from their government. As academics, but first of all as European fellow citizens, we cannot stay in silence in front of such a transnational frontline against freedom of thought. We firmly react to a measure that put Hungary more and more far from the values of the European Union, and getting closer to increasingly authoritarian countries such as Russia and Turkey. Hungary has significantly contributed to research and innovation in Europe, especially in the humanities and social sciences. CEU is the product of this legacy and honors Hungarian academic history. We can barely imagine European academia without Hungary but the proposed amendments on high-education regulation generate a climate of defiance that affects the reputation of all Hungarian academic institutions and de facto build a new wall between Hungarian and its European partners.