Institute for Historical Research of the University of Vienna Supports CEU

In my name and in the name of my colleagues at the Institute of Austrian Historical Research (Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung) at the University of Vienna, as concerned citizens and academics (professors, lecturers, researchers, research-fellows and doctoral students – see:, I'm writing to express my and our solidarity with Central European University and also to express our concern at certain proposed legislative changes to CEU's status in Hungary. These changes would endanger the academic freedom vital for CEU's continued operation in Budapest, it would strike a blow against the academic freedom that enables all universities to flourish. The implementation of such acts would make the operation of an excellent intellectual centre of Central and East Central Europe impossible, and that would be a great loss not only for Hungary, but also for the other countries of the region and for many Master and PhD students from all over the world.