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Socialist frontrunner rules out cooperation with Gyurcsány

February 23rd, 2017

Commentators wonder if a left-wing electoral pact is possible, as the Socialist candidate for Prime Minister calls on his main potential ally to quit politics altogether.

PM Orbán opens spring session debates

February 22nd, 2017

A conservative economist agrees with the Prime Minister that the economy is on a firm footing and that Hungary has a chance of catching up with western Europe. Another analyst accuses the Prime Minister of trying to divert attention from corruption.

Hungarian film wins Golden Bear

February 21st, 2017

The leading pro-government daily contends that Ildikó Enyedi’s success at the Berlin film festival indicates that the Hungarian public film funding system works well. A left-wing commentator acknowledges the state’s role in the success, but nonetheless considers the fund distribution scheme absurd.

Can Momentum keep up the momentum?

February 20th, 2017

Most commentators believe that the governing forces will withdraw Budapest’s Olympic bid, after a new political movement collected almost twice as many signatures as necessary to back a referendum on the subject. They also ponder whether Momentum, after this spectacular success, will become a significant opposition force.

Is the Olympic bid doomed?

February 18th, 2017

A centrist analyst believes that the cause of the 2024 Budapest Olympic Games is irrevocably lost, as it has lost popular support in the Hungarian capital. He lays the blame on the promoters themselves.

PM withdraws from Left coalition talks

February 17th, 2017

A leading left-wing pundit excoriates all left-wing parties for pursuing their individual interests instead of co-operating to defeat the incumbent government in next year’s election.

Demszky dismisses OLAF report

February 16th, 2017

In a lengthy article in the main pro-government daily Budapest Mayor István Tarlós does not accuse his liberal predecessor of corruption, but  finds his attempt to discredit the EU report on the Metro 4 project pathetic.

Olympics referendum lacks support of Left

February 15th, 2017

A left-wing commentator lambasts the MSZP and the DK for criticising the initiators of a referendum on Budapest’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, and accuses them of playing into the government’s hands.

Birth rates increase for third year

February 14th, 2017

 A pro-government commentator praises efforts by parliament and the executive to help families with children and welcomes initiatives such as the “Marriage Week” which are aimed at halting  Hungary’s demographic decline.

PM Orbán’s state of the nation speech

February 13th, 2017

A pro-government commentator praises the Prime Minister for offering a sober analysis of global and national challenges in his annual state of the nation address. An independent conservative and a left-wing columnist find his speech belligerent and lacking substance.