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Civilizational stakes at the 2018 election

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

A pro-government pundit thinks that the April election will determine Hungary’s ‘civilizational path’. Voters need to decide if they want strong nation states, Christian values and traditional families – or the opposite. READ MORE

Debate around the meaning of Christmas

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

A conservative commentator contends that Europe’s Christian heritage is imperiled by consumerism and multiculturalism. His anti-government counterpart finds all this tasteless and politically motivated fear-mongering. READ MORE

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Pro-government commentators commemorating the Lutheran Reformation accuse Europe of abandoning her Christian values. They call on European Christians to unite and defend their heritage. READ MORE

Cardinal Schönborn’s ‘U-turn’ on Muslim immigration

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

A conservative commentator remarks that the Archbishop of Vienna, who now warns of ‘a third attempt by Islamists to conquer Europe’, was a harsh critic of Hungary’s measures against illegal immigration last year. READ MORE

Terrorism in Europe – a clash of civilizations?

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Conservative papers interpret the recent terror attacks as harbingers of a clash of civilizations in Europe. Left-wing commentators, on the other hand, fear that the civilizational war rhetoric is used by authoritarian governments to justify their methods. READ MORE

Conservative pundits on the perils of secularization

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Two conservative columnists blame secularization in Europe for inhumane political ideologies, environmental decline and the continent’s ‘inability to resist migration from the Muslim world.’ READ MORE

Migration: the clash of civilizations?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Pundits on both the Right and the Left fear that European civilization, based on Christian and Enlightenment values is endangered by Muslim migrants, whose culture is not compatible with European norms. READ MORE

Churches criticised amidst migration wave

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

A liberal weekly accuses the Christian churches of ignoring migrants who need help. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, thinks that churches do help to temper anti-immigrant sentiments. A conservative columnist believes that the Left was wrong to suggest that the government wants to stir up xenophobia. READ MORE

Echoes of the Kenya massacre

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

In the wake of the deadly attack on a Kenyan campus, a conservative commentator welcomes the government decision to join international efforts against jihadist violence. Another complains that the left-leaning Hungarian press gives scant attention to the massacre of Christian students in Kenya. READ MORE

St. Stephen’s Day ruminations

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Commentators from both right and left use the occasion of the national holiday to impose their political messages on St. Stephen’s historical contribution. READ MORE