As the government announces that it is withdrawing the application for the 2024 Olympic Games, a pro-government commentator accuses the Left of betraying the nation as well as its own voters. Liberal analysts, on the other hand, rejoice over the announcement.
On Wednesday evening, the Hungarian government in agreement with the Hungarian Olympic Committee and István Tarlós Budapest Mayor announced that they would withdraw Hungary’s application to the 2024 Olympic Games. According to the government politicians, the Olympic bid had been submitted with a broad consensus of parties including the Socialists and Jobbik. Government politicians accuse the opposition parties of going against their own decision and lying to voters. They claim that in the absences of a broad consensus and because of the successful collection of votes for a referendum (see BudaPost February 20), the Hungarian application has no chance in the competition. The opposition parties, on the other hand, said that the withdrawal of the bid is a victory for the public over the government.
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In Magyar Idők, Miklós Novák finds it sad that Hungarians were again too timid to try to realize a great national dream. The pro-government columnist