19 Prominent German Academics Call on EU to Defend CEU

April 20, 2017

Prominent German academics, writing in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, called on European governments and the European Commission to intervene to ensure CEU can continue to operate in Budapest without curbs on its academic freedom. 

"Europe must intervene now: academics call on European governments and the EU commission to save Central European University as a place of diversity of opinion," they wrote.

"With the intended closure of the renowned university in Budapest, with CEU’s outstanding teaching  and research performance, the government of [Prime Minister] Viktor Orban not only harms its own country, but also the entire European science landscape. It attacks the very idea of the university as a genuinely European educational institution and violates academic freedom."

"We therefore call on European governments and in particular the European Commission to take adequate measures – if need be treaty violation proceedings – in order to guarantee that Central European University can continue to operate in Budapest."

Signatories:

Michael Brenner, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München · Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München · Raphael Gross, Präsident, Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin · Thomas Höllmann, Präsident der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften · Matthias Kleiner, Präsident der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft · Jürgen Kocka, Freie Universität Berlin · Wolf Lepenies, Permanent Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin · Christoph Möllers, Humboldt-Universität Berlin · Armin Nassehi, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München · Jürgen Osterhammel, Universität Konstanz · Joachim von Puttkamer, Universität Jena · Karl Schlögel, Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) · Eva Schlotheuber, Vorsitzende des Deutschen Historikerverbandes  · Martin Schulze Wessel, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München · Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, Universität Münster · Peter Strohschneider, Präsident der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft · Günter Stock, Einstein-Stiftung Berlin · Margit Szöllösi-Janze, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München · Andreas Wirsching, Direktor, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, München

Read the full article (in German) here: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/wissenschaftler-appell-eine-universitaet-wird-vertrieben-14978547.html#GEPC;s2