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European Parliament calls for the triggering of Article 7 against Hungary

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Pro-government commentators interpret the EP resolution against Hungary as a politically motivated attack by pro-migration forces. An independent and a left-wing columnist, on the other hand, agree with the authors of the text which accuses Hungary of violating basic EU norms. READ MORE

President Áder re-elected

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

As Parliament re-elects President János Áder for a second five year term, commentators disagree on the extent to which he is independent from the government as required by the Fundamental Law. The President marked the occasions with some sharply critical remarks of his own on the state of public affairs. READ MORE

PM Orbán meeting EPP leaders

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The first comments on the outcome of the European People’s Party Presidency meeting on Hungary express a mixture of confusion and contradictions on whether the Prime Minister made concessions in Brussels, or defended his positions against criticism and pressure. READ MORE

PM Orbán under fire in the European Parliament

Friday, April 28th, 2017

While the Prime Minister defended his policies against sharp criticism by the European Commission and MEPs, a legal analyst wrote that the infringement procedure launched by the Commission against Hungary rests on shaky foundations. READ MORE

Debate on unruly demonstrators

Friday, April 21st, 2017

A left-wing columnist defends demonstrators who throw paint as public buildings, on the grounds that they ‘have no other means to express their anger.’ A pro-government commentator thinks that everyone has the right to protest but only as long as they obey the law and respect public order. READ MORE

Prime Minister Orbán’s Easter interviews

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Commenting on PM Orbán’s Easter interviews, a conservative critic of the government thinks that Fidesz has alienated its conservative intellectual supporters. A pro-government commentator shares the PM’s view, when he detects George Soros behind the recent anti-government protests. READ MORE

Weeklies on anti-government demonstrations

Monday, April 17th, 2017

After a week of demonstrations in support of the American-Hungarian Central European University and watchdog NGOs, but before Good Saturdays rally in Szabadság (freedom) square, Hungarian weeklies ponder if the current wave of protest will fatally wound the governing forces or share the fate of previous ad hoc movements and fade away. READ MORE

Demonstrations in Budapest

Friday, April 14th, 2017

After the fourth anti-government demonstration in four days, commentators express strongly diverging views on their significance.  They agree, however, that the protests in Budapest are unlikely to turn into something like the ’colour revolutions’ in former Soviet republics. READ MORE

CEU controversy rolls on

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

As the State Department urges Hungary to suspend the implementation of the new Higher Education Act, commentators disagree sharply on what lies behind the controversy within Hungary and internationally. READ MORE

President Áder signs amendments to the Higher Education Act

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

After President Áder ordered the promulgation of the amended Act on Higher Education, political polarisation has reached new levels in the Hungarian press. READ MORE