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Austrian election seen as mostly positive for Hungary’s government

Tuesday, 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. READ MORE

Austrian Green candidate wins presidential election

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

A pro-government commentator believes that despite the defeat of the anti-immigrant candidate, political trends are the same as last week – people in Austria are increasingly wary of immigration and globalisation. READ MORE

Cardinal Schönborn’s ‘U-turn’ on Muslim immigration

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

A conservative commentator remarks that the Archbishop of Vienna, who now warns of ‘a third attempt by Islamists to conquer Europe’, was a harsh critic of Hungary’s measures against illegal immigration last year. READ MORE

Hungarian-Austrian rapprochement

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Commenting on PM Orbán’s meeting with Austrian Chancellor Kern, a conservative columnist suggests that the Hungarian government’s migration policy is becoming mainstream in Europe. READ MORE

Diplomatic standoff at the Hungarian-Austrian border

Friday, July 8th, 2016

As first Austria then Hungary reintroduce temporary border checks, a left-wing commentator fears that unless mutual trust is restored, borders in Europe will soon appear again. READ MORE

Uproar over first statement by new Austrian Chancellor on Hungary

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

A conservative columnist is outraged by a remark attributed to Mr Christian Kern who was quoted to have accused Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán of running a state built on Führerprinzip. Verbatim transcripts show that Mr Kern’s remark was milder than reported. READ MORE

Austria elects leftist green President

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

As environmentalist Alexander van der Bellen snatches a narrow victory in neighbouring Austria from anti-immigrant Norbert Hofer, commentators point out that ‘peaceful, happy and dull’ Austria is now no less divided than Hungary – or much of the world. READ MORE

Austrian Chancellor Faymann resigns

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

As Chancellor Faymann steps down, pundits across the Hungarian political spectrum ponder the implications of the first round of the Austrian Presidential Election. All agree that the main reason for Faymann’s failure is the migration crisis. READ MORE

Austria to erect a border fence

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Commentators on both Left and Right ridicule the Austrian government’s communication stunt:  how to call the proposed fence on the Austrian-Slovenian border a non-fence.  READ MORE

Left-wing takes on Vienna municipal elections

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

In a comment on Sunday’s Vienna municipal elections, a left-wing columnist finds it reassuring that the far-right FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria) could not capitalize on anti-immigrant rhetoric as much as many feared. READ MORE