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More comments on November 7

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Over the past few days, Internet news sites swarmed with commentaries on the hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution, but only one of the nationwide weeklies dedicated its editorial to the anniversary. READ MORE

Looking for traces of Bolshevism on the 100th anniversary of Lenin’s revolution

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Commentators draw diametrically opposed lessons from the horrific history of Communism. Both see it as corroborating their political positions. READ MORE

Fidel Castro remembered

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

A conservative columnist sees the controversy over Fidel Castro’s heritage as an expression of contemporary ideological and sectarian disputes over capitalism and human rights. READ MORE

More bitter ruminations on the Biszku ruling

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Right-wing columnists fulminate against the appeal court which annulled the prison sentence handed down to former Communist Party chieftain Béla Biszku for his role in the post-revolution reprisals in 1956. An expert says while the ruling was well founded legally it signals a defeat for the Judiciary. A left-wing commentator suggests that Biszku is despised in Hungary – even without a sentence. READ MORE

Biszku’s trial back to square one

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

A conservative commentator is disgusted by the ruling of the Budapest Appeal Court to scrap a five year prison sentence handed down by the first instance court to Béla Biszku, who as a key member of the Communist Party leadership in 1956 was accused of responsibility for the massacre of unarmed demonstrators after the anti-Communist revolt was crushed by the Soviet Union. READ MORE

Weeklies on Simicska’s accusations

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Left-wing magazines point out how damaging the charge levelled against the Prime Minister by his former close ally is. Liberal pundits think the uncertainty about former real or imagined police informants should have been settled long time ago by publishing all Communist secret service files, while right-wing commentators call Mr Simicska’s allegations sheer slander. READ MORE

Simicska accuses Orbán of informing on him in Communist era

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Commentators are predominantly sceptical about the allegation that PM Orbán was recruited by the communist secret services during his military service in 1982. READ MORE

Renaming Ságvári High

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

A left-wing author calls on the competent Cabinet Minister to prevent those who want to rename a high school in Szeged from getting their way. The Ságvári school was named after a Communist who fought against Nazi occupation in 1944 and was killed when he opened fire on the policemen who wanted to arrest him. READ MORE

Victims of Communism day

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Commenting on the commemorations for the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism, a leading webmagazine suggests that the spiritual damage caused by decades of Communism still weighs heavily on Hungarian society. READ MORE

Tölgyessy on the remote possibility of a new regime change

Monday, December 29th, 2014

In a two part essay, a liberal pundit argues that for the moment, anti-government opposition groups do not offer a clue as to how they would govern if they succeeded in unseating the current government. The Prime Minister, he explains, has realized that in order to gain public support, he needs to govern according to public sentiments rooted in the late 1980s, in the last Communist years in Hungary. READ MORE