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Obama discloses pressure against Hóman’s statue

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Commenting on President Obama’s remarks on how the United States acted to prevent the erection of a statue to interwar Culture Minister Bálint Hóman, a left-wing newspaper calls the government’s attitude shameful, while a pro-government daily quotes an official statement denying that the government yielded to foreign pressure in scrapping the project. READ MORE

Son of Saul wins Golden Globe

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Besides welcoming the unprecedented success of a Hungarian film, commentators ponder the Prime Minister’s message of congratulations, and the anti-Semitic comments posted by readers of Mr Orbán’s Facebook page.

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Holocaust denier sentenced to fine – or jail

Monday, January 11th, 2016

As a Facebook commenter is sentenced to pay a high fine or go to prison for Holocaust denial, commentators wonder whether  sanctioning hate speech makes sense as a means of fighting anti-Semitism. READ MORE

Criticism of planned statue of anti-Semitic Interwar Minister of Education

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

The leading left-wing daily criticizes plans to honour the memory of historian Bálint Hóman, who as Minister of Education and Religion under Regent Miklos Horthy was actively involved in anti-Semitic legislation. READ MORE

Vona deradicalizes Jobbik

Monday, April 20th, 2015

As Jobbik leader Gábor Vona promises to prune out racist elements from his party, columnists wonder if Jobbik can be transformed into a moderate party without losing the support of its radical core. READ MORE

Jobbik at the gates?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

A liberal commentator believes that Fidesz is about to launch a major campaign against Jobbik. A pro-government columnist fears that Jobbik is a real threat to the country, while another liberal pundit contends that Jobbik is a joke rather than a credible alternative to the current centre-right government. READ MORE

Auschwitz anniversary

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

A left-wing commentator thinks Prime Minister Orbán should have attended the commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. A right-wing analyst quotes his words, admitting Hungary’s guilt for the Holocaust. READ MORE

Far-right mayor stages anti-Israel performance

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Columnists from both left and right express their disappointment that in contemporary Hungary the mayor of a small municipality can gain public attention through staging an idiotic and nonsensical, but at the same time potentially harmful anti-Semitic performance. READ MORE

Monument to mark Nazi occupation nears completion

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Left-liberal commentators reject the Prime Minister’s statement, which justifies the controversial statue project as a gesture to remember all victims of Nazi occupation. One even calls the statue a Nazi monument that will be blown up. A pro-government columnist says it is obvious that the monument expresses the condemnation of Hungary’s occupation by Hitler’s army and that the government has expressed its grief over the Holocaust and admitted the guilt of Hungarian collaborators in no uncertain terms. READ MORE

Insider criticism of MAZSIHISZ anniversary boycott

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Representatives of a prominent Jewish foundation condemn the decision by the Union of Jewish Religious Communities (Mazsihisz) to boycott state ceremonies held during the Holocaust remembrance year. They call that decision a serious error of judgement which has already resulted in strengthening anti-Semitism. READ MORE