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26th Jul 2021

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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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Germany mulls restrictions for unvaccinated as cases soar

The surge of Covid-19 cases due to the spread of the more contagious Delta variant has prompted a debate in Germany over whether people who have not yet been vaccinated should face restrictions - after other countries made similar moves.

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'Prison island' birthplace of EU reborn as think-tank venue

Santo Stefano is being revived through a €70m refurbishment project to turn it into a high-level European think-tank, academy and open-air museum aimed at boosting the European integration project by training 'enlightened' EU youth, scholars and politicians.

Opinion

Hungary: why we can't support a global minimum tax

This month the OECD Inclusive Framework agreed on the main building blocks of new tax legislation for a global minimum tax and for the digital economy. However, Hungary did not join - this is why.

Far left and right MEPs less critical of China and Russia

MEPs have shown consistent support for action against authoritarian regimes other than Russia or China, but unanimity requirements in the votes of the European Council are considered a clear impediment for a more effective EU foreign policy.

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