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Pros and cons two days before the referendum


Commentators don’t even agree on whether the question to be put to the population at Sunday’s quota referendum makes sense or not, or what it is actually about. READ MORE

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Leader leaves teachers’ protest movement


A left-wing analyst blames the opposition for being unable to capitalise on protest movements in different sectors of the economy. READ MORE

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Jewish leader against fear-mongering


In a rare oped piece, the chairman of MAZSIHISZ, the Alliance of Hungarian Jewish Faith Communities criticises the World Zionist Conference held in Budapest for complaining about anti-Semitism in Hungary without gathering accurate information first about Jewish life in the country. He condemns political forces which he accuses of playing  the ‘Jewish card’ in order to stoke fear towards their adversaries. READ MORE

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PM Orbán challenged by Vona


A left-wing analyst believes Jobbik leader Gábor Vona represents a challenge to the left-wing opposition rather than to the Prime Minister. READ MORE

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Police officers hit by IED in Budapest


Commentators reject widespread and mutually contradictory conspiracy theories about Saturday’s blast in downtown Budapest in which two police officers on foot patrol were seriously wounded. READ MORE

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Quota referendum countdown


A week ahead of the October 2 referendum on the EU migrant distribution quota, weeklies and weekend editions of the leading dailies wonder how the migration crisis should be handled, and ponder the broader implications of the referendum. READ MORE

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Foreign Minister Szijjártó on European “no-go zones”


Pro-government columnists side with Foreign Minister Szijjártó, who in successive interviews with the BBC and CNN insisted on the existence of ‘unsafe enclaves’ in several major European cities, allegedly taken over by unintegrated immigrants. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, thinks that describing districts with higher crime rates as no-go zones is a gross exaggeration. READ MORE

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Ruminations on Hungary’s economic challenges


A left-wing sociologist thinks that the government has failed to improve welfare in Hungary. A pro-government economist contends that the Orbán government has been successful in boosting the economy and faces only ‘minor challenges’. READ MORE

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The Roma and the quota referendum


A Roma rights activist accuses the government of trying to blackmail Roma to vote at the quota referendum, whilst using anti-Romani stereotypes to mobilize non-Roma. A regional Gypsy leader, on the other hand argues that the arrival of masses of migrants would represent a threat to Roma communities. READ MORE

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Angela Merkel’s self-critical comments on migration


A pro-government columnist thinks that despite her self-critical comments, Chancellor Merkel is unlikely to make a U-turn on migration policy. The leading left-wing daily praises Angela Merkel’s efforts and contrasts her inclusive politics with the Hungarian government’s migration rhetoric. READ MORE

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