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PM Orbán’s state of the nation speech


A left-wing and a pro-government pundit offer diametrically opposed interpretations of the Prime Minister’s annual state of the nation address. READ MORE

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Corruption and marital violence as campaign issues


Commentators try to make sense of a welter of accusations which appear to be central to the political campaigns ahead of the 8 April general election. Most tend to believe that the charges, albeit often politically motivated, are basically not untrue. READ MORE

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Over 70 parties registered in view of the April elections


A left-wing columnist castigates those leftist personalities who have suddenly decided to run on behalf of new political organisations, competing with the already divided opposition parties. READ MORE

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‘Stop Soros’ bill tabled in Parliament


Opinions sharply diverge on the government bill which would force NGOs which ‘actively promote mass immigration’ to seek authorisation from the Minister of the Interior. A liberal reporter believes the bill may not pass, as the government does not command the two thirds majority needed for the part of the bill which refers to national security . READ MORE

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Gábor Fodor’s farewell to Parliament


As the Socialist Party decided to drop Liberal Party Chairman Gábor Fodor as a well-positioned candidate, a left-wing columnist muses that liberalism’s (but not Fodor’s) only chance to survive in politics is to place itself under the protection of Social Democracy. READ MORE

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The MSZP on the brink of disaster


As the Socialist Party is measured at barely over the parliamentary threshold for two party alliances, a pro-government analyst does not exclude the possibility that the MSZP will disappear from the political stage after the elections.  A conservative critic of the government adds that MSZP voters are the most inclined to vote for a party other than their own. READ MORE

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Fidesz electoral victory taken for granted


A left-wing commentator sees no obstacle that could thwart the government’s endeavour to build an ‘illiberal democracy’, but warns corrupt acolytes that they might fall victims to it. A conservative pundit, on the other hand predicts that negative campaigning against the government will prove self-defeating. READ MORE

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Democratic Coalition’s politician on ‘caftan Jews’


Right-wing pundits lambast a Democratic Coalition luminary for his controversial comments on atheism and Orthodox Jews. READ MORE

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Rumors about new media chamber membership rules


Left-wing, liberal and conservative critics of the government suggest that the government wants to silence independent and critical media by establishing a new media chamber with specific rules. READ MORE

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Hungary repays first Paks loan installment


A left-wing columnist lambasts the government after it was announced that the first Paks loan drawdown has been repaid. A liberal pundit, on the other hand, claims that the government’s decision is reasonable, and that the Russian loan may at some point become a favorable option for Hungary again. READ MORE

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