Central European University was set up in Budapest over 25 years ago within a legal framework that was actively supported by the Hungarian authorities. Over the past decades, CEU’s Department of Political Science and its Department of International Relations have made a strong contribution to teaching and research in political science in Europe.
Among many other things, CEU is the host of ECPR’s annual Summer School in Methods and Techniques. The new legal provisions would make it more difficult for CEU to attract academic staff from outside the EU, and to maintain its programmes’ US accreditation. Such measures significantly constrain the academic freedom of Central European University. Their abrupt introduction puts the very existence of Central European University at risk.