In the end, Hungarian President János Áder signed the law on foreign universities on Magyar territory. Protesters took to the streets several times since April 2 asking him not to, but according to the Danubian head of state, the law is not inconsistent with the Constitution and does not infringe academic freedom.
After signing, he urged the government of Viktor Orbán to sit down with the institutions affected by the measure to ensure compliance with the new rules. Central European University, the university founded by the Hungarian-American magnate George Soros in 1991 to encourage the spread of liberal ideas in the region, is the first institution in the crosshairs.
The new law would put CEU in the position of not being able to enroll students after Jan. 1, 2018, and would be forced to close or relocate by 2021. The incident led to the mobilization of many progressive intellectuals and students and teachers of other universities in Budapest, who participated in the protests organized in support of CEU. Around 90,000 people took part at the demonstration on April 9.