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Socialist and liberal politicians accused of corruption

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

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

Metro bribe for former Socialist PM?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Magyar Idők accuses former Socialist Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy’s consultancy company of receiving 600 thousand Euros from Alstom. The French company sold a fleet of underground railway carriages to Budapest under the previous, left-liberal administration. READ MORE

Former Socialist Budapest Deputy Mayor receives suspended sentence

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

As the former Deputy Mayor of Budapest gets a suspended prison sentence, commentators both on Left and Right ponder the wider political implications of the court ruling. READ MORE

Friction over Budapest advertising columns

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

A left-liberal weekly accuses the government of abusing its power, as the Budapest Municipal Council removes advertisement columns owned by Lajos Simicska. READ MORE

Budapest under construction

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A left-wing columnist speculates that traffic jams in Budapest caused by simultaneous major reconstruction works show the downside of centralized decision making. A conservative pundit claims that major urban development is worth a couple of months of nuisance. READ MORE

Elections overshadowed by the drama of the Left

Monday, October 13th, 2014
In their last comments before Sunday’s municipal elections, analysts agree on one thing: Fidesz’s overwhelming superiority is mainly due to the deep crisis of the left-wing opposition. Few have much confidence that a sizeable left-wing might rise from the ashes any time soon. READ MORE

Left’s Budapest mayoral candidate Falus steps down

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Commentators from right across the political spectrum agree that the Left is in complete disarray and chaos, as the left-wing Budapest mayoral candidate resigns and left-wing parties fail to reach an agreement on whether they should back a conservative candidate instead of Falus in the October 12 local election. READ MORE

Bucket challenge as a campaign tool

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Commentators across the political spectrum find Dr Falus’s ‘bucket challenge’ video show pathetic, while a liberal commentator thinks that he thus extinguished the last rays of hope on the Left for the municipal elections to be held in October. READ MORE

Left-wing discord

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
“The end of the alliance”, runs the front page headline of the leading left-wing daily. Népszabadság believes the partners are still busy building their own futures rather than laying the groundwork to succeed at the elections this autumn. READ MORE

Row on the Left over Budapest mayoral candidate rolls on

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The leading left-wing daily accuses the floor leader of the MSZP of obstructing the agreement on a joint left-wing mayoral candidate. A pro-government columnist suggests that the latest candidate for the Left lacks the expertise needed to run Budapest. READ MORE