Recent Posts

MSZP elects candidate for PM

May 30th, 2017

As László Botka is formally confirmed as Socialist frontrunner in the 2018 Parliamentary election, commentators both on Left and Right agree that Mr Botka will face an uphill struggle to challenge Viktor Orbán.

Momentum leader’s walk-in to Origo still on the agenda

May 29th, 2017

A left-wing commentator believes that the unusual ‘visit’ by the leader of Momentum to Origo’s editorial offices expressed the fresh style his movement represents, while a conservative analyst sees it as proof that the press is taking over the role of the opposition parties.

Weeklies on EU Article 7 procedure

May 29th, 2017

Two critics of the government agree that the resolution adopted by the European Parliament to launch a procedure to investigate whether basic European values are systematically transgressed in Hungary is unlikely to cause serious problems to the government. 

The PM’s baby boom plan

May 27th, 2017

Commentators disagree on PM Orbán’s planned measures aimed at reversing Hungary’s demographic decline within the next decade.

Manchester seen as proving Hungary right

May 26th, 2017

A pro-government analyst blames irresponsible western leaders for the spread of the terror threat in Europe and mentions Hungary’s strict immigration rules as an example of responsible policy.

Reactions to the Manchester terror attack

May 25th, 2017

In their first comments on the lethal bombing attack in the Manchester Arena, analysts disagree on whether mass immigration from Muslim countries is a significant element in the rise of Islamist terror.

Local council election won by Fidesz

May 24th, 2017

A conservative analyst suggests that the current opposition doesn’t offer a political home to the new generation which has expressed its discontent in a series of recent mass demonstrations. Thus he believes that a Fidesz victory in next year’s elections is not in jeopardy.

EP resolution dismissed by PM Orbán

May 23rd, 2017

An independent conservative commentator detects a series of inconsistencies in the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Hungary last week, and believes that it only further fuels domestic government propaganda.

Competition sharpens on the Left

May 22nd, 2017

Commentators across the political spectrum criticize the Left for trying to outbid the government with populist promises and by levelling unsubstantiated allegations against PM Orbán.

Economy growing faster than expected

May 20th, 2017

A pro-government commentator interprets the 4.1 GDP growth in the first quarter of 2017 as a vindication of the government’s economic vision. A left-wing columnist objects that the Hungarian economy’s competitiveness has declined.