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Hungary still defiant on US university after Brussels summit

  • George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundation, waits for the start of a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Soros was in Brussels to discuss the situation in Hungary, including legislative measures that could force the closure of the Central European University in Budapest. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)

    George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundation, waits for the start of a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Soros was in Brussels to discuss the situation in Hungary, including legislative measures that could force the closure of the Central European University in Budapest. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, welcomes George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundation, prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Soros was in Brussels to discuss the situation in Hungary, including legislative measures that could force the closure of the Central European University in Budapest. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)

    EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, welcomes George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundation, prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Soros was in Brussels to discuss the situation in Hungary, including legislative measures that could force the closure of the Central European University in Budapest. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 26, 2017 file photo Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Hungarian government remains defiant over the possible closure of Budapest-based Central European University founded by billionaire George Soros. The issue was on the agenda during Orban's meeting Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Brussels with leaders of the European People’s Party, of which his Fidesz party is a member. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)

    FILE - In this April 26, 2017 file photo Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Hungarian government remains defiant over the possible closure of Budapest-based Central European University founded by billionaire George Soros. The issue was on the agenda during Orban's meeting Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Brussels with leaders of the European People‚Äôs Party, of which his Fidesz party is a member. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)  (The Associated Press)

The Hungarian government remains defiant over the possible closure of Budapest-based Central European University, founded by billionaire George Soros.

The issue was on the agenda during Prime Minister Viktor Orban's meeting Saturday in Brussels with leaders of the European People's Party, of which his Fidesz party is a member.

Orban's press office said that while the government does not want to close the university and seeks to settle a legal dispute over the matter with the European Union, the school will still have to comply with new rules, like those conditioning its operations to a bilateral deal between Hungary and the United States and forcing it to open a U.S. campus.

CEU, operating in Hungary since 1993, says the "discriminatory and unacceptable" amendments target it directly.