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PM Orbán announces new border fence

Monday, August 29th, 2016

The leading left-wing daily likens the Hungarian Prime Minister’s plan to erect a new fence on Hungary’s southern border, to the Israeli wall in the West Bank. Népszabadság wonders if Hungary would shoot at refugees if the new defence line does not stop them. 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

Ambassador Bell: Hungary has the right to secure its borders

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Conservative columnists weigh the broader implications of US Ambassador Colleen Bell’s statement that Hungary has the right to secure its borders. READ MORE

First reactions to the Paris massacre

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Right-wing columnists believe that the Paris terrorist attacks struck a lethal blow to liberal, pro-migration ideology. Liberal and left-wing pundits, on the other hand, caution against fomenting anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments and accuse the Right of playing into the hands of terrorist organizations. READ MORE

Europe turning away from Merkel’s migration vision

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

As the European summit offers Turkey aid in exchange for keeping migrants within its borders, commentators both on Left and Right think that German Chancellor Merkel took great risks by abandoning pragmatism in favour of her moral vision. They wonder if Merkel can prevail, or if she will be defeated by populist or pragmatic parties as the public becomes increasingly hostile to immigration. READ MORE

Army to be deployed to defend the border

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

As Parliament authorises the deployment of army units to police Hungary’s borders, left-wing newspapers suspect that the real aim of the government is to increase its own popularity by giving the impression of protecting the population against mass immigration. They also lambast the Socialist Party for not taking a clear stance. READ MORE

Hungary’s first day behind the fence

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

As hundreds of migrants gathered on the Serbian side of Hungary’s border fence, and many hundred more set off towards Croatia, commentators discuss the implications of Hungary’s tough stance on immigration. READ MORE

Hungary seals her border with Serbia

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

As Hungary closes its southern borders to undocumented migrants, and begins to process their asylum applications at a special checkpoint, commentators fear that this is not the end of the migrant crisis. READ MORE