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Threatened university faces final deadline

Threatened university faces final deadline

A university in Hungary, created to foster democracy in post-Communist central Europe, seems about to be pushed over the border into Austria.

It is being claimed as the first time since World War Two that a university in a European democracy will have been forced to close.

This weekend sees the deadline for the shutdown of the majority of courses taught by the Central European University in Budapest.

The university, founded by the billionaire backer of liberal causes George Soros, has been at the centre of a symbolic struggle over academic freedom.

Cliff edge

For almost two years, the university has been battling with the authorities to stay in Budapest.

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