Recent Posts

Debate on sexual harassment

October 21st, 2017

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.

US charge d’affaires defends free press 

October 20th, 2017

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.   

Government plans to further boost tourism

October 19th, 2017

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. 

Forint becoming a favoured carry trade currency

October 18th, 2017

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. 

Austrian election seen as mostly positive for Hungary’s government

October 17th, 2017

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.

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

October 16th, 2017

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.

Lessons of the Catalan referendum for Hungarian minorities

October 16th, 2017

A liberal analyst deplores the unilateral move by Catalonia’s 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.

Corporate tax cuts to compensate wage hikes

October 14th, 2017

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.

Vona offers a ’home’ to disillusioned left-wing voters

October 13th, 2017

A left-wing analyst cautions fellow left-wingers against being lured into accepting Jobbik leader Gábor Vona’s call to rally behind his party as the strongest opposition force.

A proposal to solve the row over the Ukrainian law on public education

October 12th, 2017

A researcher on international law believes Hungary should give the majority of Ukrainian politicians the benefit of the doubt, and negotiate an amendment to their new law which violates the right of minorities to be taught in their mother tongue in the public school system.