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Debate over media freedom


As the US charge d’affaires and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union express concerns over the freedom of the media, a left-wing commentator accuses the government of trying to suppress critical voices in the media. A pro-government columnist suggests that the most popular media outlets are harsh critics of the government. READ MORE

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European Parliament committee endorses mandatory migrant quota plans


A pro-government columnist contends that the EU proposal to introduce mandatory migrant redistribution quotas is a grave threat to Europe as well as Hungary. READ MORE

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Debate on sexual harassment


Commenting on the sexual harassment cases in the US and Hungary, commentators from right across the political spectrum agree that widespread violent abuse should get more attention. They, however, do not agree how to handle cases of non-violent misconduct. READ MORE

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Diplomatic row over remarks by the US charge d’affaires on the press 


A pro-government columnist criticizes the US charge d’affaires for accusing the Hungarian government of interfering with the media. A left-wing analyst thinks that Hungarian-US relations are unlikely to improve under the Trump administration.    READ MORE

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Government plans to further boost tourism


A pro-government commentator welcomes the Prime Minister’s plan to increase government spending on tourism. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, accuses the government of intending to channel subsidies into the pockets of friends and relatives.  READ MORE

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Forint becoming a favoured carry trade currency


The leading online economic news outlet points out that as a result of a long series of interest rate cuts by the Hungarian National Bank, the Forint has become a popular carry trade currency.  READ MORE

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Austrian election seen as mostly positive for Hungary’s government


A pro-government columnist expects that cooperation between Austria and Hungary will improve under the new Austrian government led by Sebastian Kurz. A liberal commentator thinks that a right-wing coalition’s restrictive stance on intra-EU migration may create friction between Austria and Hungary. READ MORE

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An East-West divide within the EU in the making?


A pro-government weekly carries a call by a conservative Polish analyst for East European unity against what he regards as unfettered domination by Western élites. READ MORE

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Lessons of the Catalan referendum for Hungarian minorities


A liberal analyst deplores the unilateral move by Catalonias leaders towards independence, while a pro-government commentator is more sympathetic. Both agree, however, that it has created further difficulties for transborder Hungarians seeking autonomy. READ MORE

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Corporate tax cuts to compensate wage hikes


A pro-government columnist explains that the government has to take cautious but nonetheless painful decisions to ease the burden on enterprises where wage costs have substantially increased lately as a result of the labour shortage in several professions. READ MORE

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