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Socialist and liberal politicians accused of corruption

The EU anti-fraud agency has published its report on the M4 Budapest metro. The report names Socialist-Liberal politicians and multinational companies as potential participants in Hungary’s largest corruption case. READ MORE

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Hungary plans 2.5 per cent GDP growth

Commentators disagree sharply on Hungary’s economic growth potential. READ MORE

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Red sludge catastrophe to be retried

A conservative commentator welcomes a ruling by the court of appeal to order a retrial of the executive staff members of the MAL aluminium company. READ MORE

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Repercussions of the Romanian protests

A left-wing and a conservative commentator find it sad that Hungarians do not seem to be bothered by corruption as much as the Romanian public. An alt-left blogger, on the other hand, thinks that the Romanian protests are not all about corruption and may have dire and unintended consequences. READ MORE

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Ferenc Gyurcsány’s state of the nation speech

In his annual ‘state of the nation’ speech the former Prime Minister attacked the Fidesz government. He also accused the rest of the Left of trying to broker a deal and set up an anti-Orbán alliance behind his back. READ MORE

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CEU, the ‘Soros University’ is here to stay

A weekly suggests that earlier agreements to keep the liberal Central European University in place may have become obsolete after Donald Trump’s victory in America. The rector of the CEU has answered that relations with the government are ‘satisfactory’. A pro-government historian is starkly critical of the CEU, but sees its presence as proof of a vibrant democracy in Hungary. READ MORE

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Putin’s visit assessed

Commentators conclude that the Hungary-Russia summit produced no surprises, but served to re-emphasize earlier standpoints. They disagree however on what role Hungary should play in relations between the West and Russia. READ MORE


Waiting for Putin

While left-wing parties cautiously avoid commenting over the past few days on the upcoming one day visit of the Russian President, left-liberal commentators express disagreement with the government’s friendly attitude towards the Russian leader. READ MORE

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Alexandra book empire crumbles

As Hungary’s biggest book seller goes bankrupt, a conservative author thinks the authorities should have intervened years ago to prevent Alaxendra’s debt to publishers accumulating. READ MORE

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Young people collect signatures against Budapest’s Olympic bid

Left-liberal commentators resolutely oppose the government’s plans to host the 2024 Olympic Games, but are undecided about Momentum (Momo for short), the movement founded by Hungarian graduates of British universities who are promoting a referendum against the project. READ MORE

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