>> Pressure mounting for Hungry to suspend a law that could close a university founded by the heavy-hitting financier and philanthropist, George Soros. Days of protests in the capitol of Budapest as the United States and European Union call on the country's Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, to reconsider. And, now, signs of compromise.
The Education Minister suggesting Soros's school could stay open if it extends an agreement to teach courses from another Hungarian university. The incident is a story of odd bedfellows because Soros, who was born in Hungary, is a fierce opponent of US President Donald Trump. Donating at least $10.5 million to Hillary Clinton's campaign last election, according to a watchdog group.
And he's also a major financier to international civic organizations scrutinized by Trump's Republican allies. But this week, it was the Trump administration's State Department that came to the defense of the school, called the Central European University. A spokesperson fearing that the law would also affect other American university programs in Hungary.
The law of demands that foreign powers, such as the US, secure permission for private schools to operate in Hungary. A request unlikely to be granted from right wing Prime Minister Orban, who's vilified Soros's liberal history. The anti-migrant, anti-EU Orban was one of the only European leaders who endorsed Trump's run for the White House.
Yet, despite the mutual enemy in Soros, it doesn't look like they'll be joining forces on this debate.