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Hungary shifts universities to 'private' control

Hungary's parliament passed legislation on Tuesday setting up foundations to take control of universities and cultural bodies. Critics say the move extends the right-wing government's ideological control and robs the state of vast assets. The government argued that restructuring is needed for modernisation. The new foundations' boards will be appointed by the government, which will control real estate assets, firms, benefit from EU funds, and influence the universities' governance.

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Hungary gags EU ministers on China

EU countries have shelved plans to issue a statement of moral support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong - due to Hungary's veto. Hungary is a major beneficiary of Chinese investment, including the building of a new university in Budapest.

EU now 'open' to vaccine waiver, after Biden U-turn

The European Union is now ready to discuss the proposal to waive temporarily intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines - following the historic decision by Washington in favour of easing patent rules.

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