New York talks in Hungarian university stand-off

The president of a university in Budapest, which says it is under threat of forced closure, says talks on its future have begun between the Hungarian government and the state of New York, writes Sean Coughlan for BBC News.

The Central European University, accredited in the United States and Hungary, has been at the centre of a high-profile dispute over academic freedom. The university's president, Michael Ignatieff, says: "We will not close." But Hungary's government says the university must "respect the law".

Late last month, the New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, said he was "standing ready" to enter discussions with the Hungarian government in an effort to keep the university open. Ignatieff now says the Hungarian government has taken up the offer and has made contact with the state of New York to begin talks.
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