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Botka makes peace with Molnár

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

A left-wing columnist excoriates the leaders of the MSZP for wasting time waging internal wars rather than channelling social discontent and representing a credible alternative to the incumbent government. READ MORE

Botka’s struggle for supremacy within the Left

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Commentaries continue to flow on MSZP front runner László Botkas surprisingly candid accusations against traitors and collaborationists within his own party. Commentators tend to agree that a left-wing victory at next years election is highly improbable. READ MORE

Growing discontent with Botka in the MSZP?

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

A conservative daily reports that ‘the air is getting thin around Botka’, while a left-wing pundit believes that the MSZP candidate for PM must confront ‘the shadows of his own party’ if he wants to be successful. READ MORE

MSZP elects candidate for PM

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

As László Botka is formally confirmed as Socialist frontrunner in the 2018 Parliamentary election, commentators both on Left and Right agree that Mr Botka will face an uphill struggle to challenge Viktor Orbán. READ MORE

Competition sharpens on the Left

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Commentators across the political spectrum criticize the Left for trying to outbid the government with populist promises and by levelling unsubstantiated allegations against PM Orbán. READ MORE

Parties already in campaign mode

Monday, May 15th, 2017

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

Gyurcsány denounces ‘MSZP declaration of war’

Monday, March 27th, 2017

As the leaders of the two main left-wing parties exchange blows, analysts and pundits across the political spectrum assess the chances of the Left at the 2018 election. READ MORE

MSZP frontrunner wants higher taxes for the rich

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

As László Botka outlines his tax plans, a pro-government commentator accuses the MSZP of trying to weaken middle class families. An alt-left blogger welcomes the plans, hoping that taxing wealthier Hungarians would reduce inequality. READ MORE

No opposition alliance in sight

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

A left-wing commentator suspects that the Socialist candidate for Prime Minister doesn’t believe he can win next year and is only seeking a pretext to withdraw. The main reason is that this is a time of rivalries, before a dominant force emerges on the Left. READ MORE

Socialist frontrunner rules out cooperation with Gyurcsány

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Commentators wonder if a left-wing electoral pact is possible, as the Socialist candidate for Prime Minister calls on his main potential ally to quit politics altogether. READ MORE