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Silk Road’ conference in Beijing attended by PM Orbán

A pro-government commentator welcomes the government’s pragmatism in Chinese affairs. An independent conservative columnist agrees that China is an important economic partner for Hungary, but fears that Chinese investment may increase corruption. READ MORE

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Parties already in campaign mode

Commentators try to make sense of the bitter campaign which parties have launched, less than 12 months before the next parliamentary elections. The battles rage both across the main political fault line, and within the opposition camp. READ MORE

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Socialists to boycott pro-government media

A conservative commentator condemns those politicians who are inclined to address only ‘the friendly media’. Since that habit is spreading on both sides of the political divide, she suggests that ‘a total media war has exploded’. READ MORE

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Hungary in permanent conflict with Brussels

An anti-government author cautions against going too far in criticising Brussels and warns that the government might regret its antiBrussels campaign if, as a result, EU membership were to become the stake at next year’s election. READ MORE

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Macron’s presidency seen as an urban victory 

After Trump’s victory in the United States and the Brexit vote last year, a well-known Hungarian-American analyst interprets the outcome of the French presidential election as a cause for celebration for progressive forces. READ MORE

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President Áder re-elected

As Parliament re-elects President János Áder for a second five year term, commentators disagree on the extent to which he is independent from the government as required by the Fundamental Law. The President marked the occasions with some sharply critical remarks of his own on the state of public affairs. READ MORE

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Emmanuel Macron, President of France

In the very first Hungarian press commentary on the outcome of the presidential election in France, a pro-government analyst hopes that Emmanuel Macron will not make good on his campaign promise to fine unruly EU member countries. READ MORE

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George Soros still on political centre stage

As the dispute over George Soros and his network rolls on and grows ever more bitter, pro-government weeklies and dailies call for harsh measures to curb the alleged influence of the Hungarian-born philanthropist and his foundations. A left-wing journalist accuses the government of absurd falsifications and fear-mongering. READ MORE

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Ruminations on the European Left

A conservative columnist and a liberal analyst think that centre-left politics in Europe has been challenged both by the emerging radical Right and by Liberals. This war on two fronts makes it increasingly difficult for moderate Socialist parties to keep their base together. READ MORE


Government submits 2018 budget to Parliament

A pro-government commentator contends that the government budget bill is balanced and prudent. His left-wing counterpart accuses the government of vote hunting through pension hikes. READ MORE

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