“The loss of the Central European University would be a loss to Budapest and Hungary,” Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland, delivered a strong message on CEU at Taoiseach’s Questions in Dáil Éireann (parliament), on Tuesday, December 4.
“I think Prime Minister Orbán believes what he is saying about the Central European University, CEU, in Hungary, but that is not to say that I agree with him and I do not. I do not agree with him on quite a lot of issues, whether it is migration, academic freedom, press freedom, or the freedom of NGOs to be able to operate freely in a democratic society. The loss of the Central European University would be a loss to Budapest and Hungary. I understand it may be going to Vienna, where it is being welcomed by another of my European People's Party, EPP, colleagues, Chancellor Kurz. The CEU will be Vienna's gain and Budapest's loss.”