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Budapest-Belgrade train line public tender announced

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

A pro-government columnist hopes that the modernization of the Budapest-Belgrade train line will help boost the Hungarian economy. His left-wing counterpart, on the other hand, fears that it will only be beneficial for Chinese exporters. READ MORE

Chinese Prime Minister visits Hungary

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

As the Chinese premier attends his country’s summit with East-Central European countries in Budapest, pundits ponder the prospect of future Chinese investment in Hungary. READ MORE

Silk Road’ conference in Beijing attended by PM Orbán

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

A pro-government commentator welcomes the government’s pragmatism in Chinese affairs. An independent conservative columnist agrees that China is an important economic partner for Hungary, but fears that Chinese investment may increase corruption. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s Lámfalussy lecture

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

A pro-government columnist agrees with PM Orbán that after the election of Donald Trump, Hungary will have the chance to put the national interest first. A left-wing commentator doubts that Hungary is on an equal footing with the US. READ MORE

Hungary’s foreign policy in focus

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

A liberal columnist contends that the US is pressurizing Hungary in order to protect its own geopolitical interests. Centrist and liberal conservative commentators warn of the consequences of diplomatic isolation and call for reconciliation with the US and the EU. A liberal weekly speculates that PM Orbán is already on his way out of the EU and NATO. READ MORE

Sino-Hungarian summit in Beijing

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Commentators agree on the importance of broadening business ties with China, but left-wing analysts criticise the political overtones of the Prime Minister’s visit to Beijing. READ MORE

Buy Chinese and forget the crisis!

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

A left wing pundit suggests that Hungary should follow the example of the United States and borrow from China to alleviate her financial difficulties. READ MORE

The decline of the West?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

PM Viktor Orbán suggests that Hungary should focus less on the declining West, where sovereign debts have become unmanageable, and concentrate instead on introducing a labour-based economic model, whilst strengthening ties with Central European countries. Pundits ponder the possible implications of the PM’s new vision. READ MORE

Clinton and Rice in Budapest

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Striking differences were apparent in the press coverage of the visits of two US Secretaries of State to Budapest. Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice came to unveil the monument to Ronald Reagan, while her successor, Hillary Clinton spoke at the opening ceremony of the Tom Lantos Institute. READ MORE

Bull in a China shop

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Few question the advantages of the bilateral agreements signed by PM Viktor Orbán and his counterpart Wen Jiabao on June 25 in Budapest, especially in the mainstream press.  Many popular bloggers, however, even on the right of the political spectrum, argue that the government went too far in its courtesy towards the Asian giant. READ MORE