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A left-wing take on the Greek crisis


Népszabadság’s commentator describes the Greek crisis as a symptom of deteriorating future prospects in Europe. He warns that far right movements are likely to profit from Europe’s crisis.

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Forint to be a loser or winner of the Greek crisis?


A pro-Greek economist believes Hungary’s debt burden is incomparably lighter than Greece’s, but it is unclear at the moment to what extent the markets will appreciate that difference. READ MORE

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Reflections on Islamist terror


The leading left-wing daily and a right-wing columnist, commenting on Friday’s terrorist attacks, caution the West against the use of force in Muslim countries. READ MORE

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Freedom House downgrades Hungary


Commenting on a recent report by Freedom House, a left-wing columnist speculates that Hungary will soon become ‘an island of unfreedom’ in Europe. A conservative pundit thinks that the Freedom House assessment is marked by political bias.
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Hungary receives special status in EU migrant quota system


The EU summit shifted from mandatory to voluntary migrant quotas, and granted Hungary special treatment. Commentators disagree on whether or not the Prime Minister managed to convince the European Union of Hungary’s migration needs. READ MORE

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Government calls for European solidarity on migration


With the Hungarian government embroiled in an international controversy over migration, commentators both on Left and Right point to the lack of a common and fair EU policy. READ MORE

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Hungary suspends asylum transfers – then retracts the decision


In the first reactions to the Hungarian government’s decision to halt the return of asylum seekers under the Dublin Agreement, a liberal lawyer accuses Hungary of violating its international obligations. A conservative blogger, on the other hand, thinks that Schengen border countries must put up a tough fight in order to change what they regard as an unfair EU migration system. READ MORE

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Liberal Transylvanian politician on national homogeneity


A Transylvanian commentator fears that the PM’s claims about Hungarian national homogeneity are mistaken and chime badly with the interests of transborder Hungarians. READ MORE

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Young Hungarians dissatisfied with mainstream parties


A conservative columnist, commenting on a recent survey, warns that university students are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the mainstream Left and Right, and are turning to more radical parties. READ MORE

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Border fence debate rolls on


The press and the internet are awash with highly diverging opinions about the government’s plan to build a fence along the border with Serbia, in order to curb the continuing wave of migration directed from the Balkans towards Hungary and ultimately to the West. Opinions vary from approving the project to branding it as a cynical propaganda move. READ MORE

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