Europe

Hungary: Government asks to rush bill targeting Soros school

  • Participants walk  during the rally, organized by the Freedom for Education movement, called CEU Now, Who's Next – Protest For The Free Education , in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 2, 2017.  (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

    Participants walk during the rally, organized by the Freedom for Education movement, called CEU Now, Who's Next – Protest For The Free Education , in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 2, 2017. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Participants light their mobiles during a rally organized by the Freedom for Education movement, called CEU Now, Who's Next -Protest For The Free Education, in front of the Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 2, 2017. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

    Participants light their mobiles during a rally organized by the Freedom for Education movement, called CEU Now, Who's Next -Protest For The Free Education, in front of the Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 2, 2017. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Hungary's deputy prime minister is asking Parliament to rush through a draft bill on higher education seen as targeting a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

According to a motion sent Monday by Zsolt Semjen, also head of the Christian Democrat party, the debate and vote on the draft bill would take place on Tuesday.

Semjen says his request to Parliamentary Speaker Laszlo Kover is justified by "government interests to pass the law early."

Prime Minister Viktor Orban considers the Hungarian-born Soros an ideological foe whose "open society" ideal contrasts with his own efforts to turn Hungary into an "illiberal state."

On Sunday, some 10,000 people took part in a march in support of Central European University, founded in 1991 and currently counting some 1,400 students from 108 countries.