Correction: Austria-Hungary-CEU story

VIENNA (AP) " In a story April 6 about the Central European University, The Associated Press, relying on erroneous information from the spokesman for the Austrian chancellor, reported that the chancellor offered Austria as a new home for the Central European University, should modified Hungarian legislation threaten its closure. The spokesman subsequently issued a clarification saying Kern discussed the university's future with founder George Soros and offered his support but made no concrete offer to host the institution

A corrected version of the story is below:

Austrian chancellor offers support to founder of Central European University

Austria's chancellor is offering his support to the founder of the Central European University in Budapest in wake of tightened rules for foreign universities

VIENNA (AP) " The spokesman for Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern says Kern has offered his support to the founder of the Central European University in Budapest, after Hungarian lawmakers approved laws for tighter regulation of foreign universities.

Nikolai Moser says Kern expressed his backing Thursday to university founder George Soros. Moser says that Austria and Vienna are ready for further talks if the situation leads the institution to consider a change in location.

The bill modifies rules regulating the 28 foreign universities in Hungary. CEU says parts of the bill directly target it, and could force it to close.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban accuses the Hungarian-born Soros of trying to influence Hungarian politics. He says that CEU is "cheating" because it doesn't have a U.S. campus but issues diplomas recognized in both countries.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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