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Is Hungary’s Viktor Orbán losing his grip?

The Central European University, based in Budapest, is on course to become the first European university since 1945 to be closed by the state for ideological reasons. But street protests have erupted—and Orban's reign is increasingly being challenged

By JP O' Malley  

Thousands protest Hungary's new law endangering. Photo: Michael Trammer/Zuma Press/PA Images

On Sunday 9th April, a crowd of 80,000 gathered in the grounds of Buda Castle in central Budapest. Young and old, they came draped in flags and colours of various persuasions. Some proudly held the red, white and green Hungarian tricolour; others were covered in the 12 yellow stars and blue of the European Union. Most carried placards or wore badges with the phrase #istandwithCEU or the Hungarian equivalent, #aCEUvalvagyok.


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