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EU fines Hungary for irregular tendering under Socialist-Liberal government

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

As the European Commission withdraws billions of Forints from Hungary because of irregular tendering between 2003 and 2009, a pro-government commentator accuses the former Socialist-Liberal government of corruption. READ MORE

Demszky dismisses OLAF report

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

In a lengthy article in the main pro-government daily Budapest Mayor István Tarlós does not accuse his liberal predecessor of corruption, but  finds his attempt to discredit the EU report on the Metro 4 project pathetic. READ MORE

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

Repercussions of the Romanian protests

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

A left-wing and a conservative commentator find it sad that Hungarians do not seem to be bothered by corruption as much as the Romanian public. An alt-left blogger, on the other hand, thinks that the Romanian protests are not all about corruption and may have dire and unintended consequences. READ MORE

TI publishes corruption perception index

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

An independent conservative columnist takes Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index at face value and accuses the government of institutionalized corruption. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, accuses TI of serving the interest of investors rather than offering a fair assessment. READ MORE

EU to claw back €300 million of metro funds

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Commenting on the recommendation by the anti-fraud agency (OLAF) of the European Union that Hungary should be compelled to refund the equivalent of 75 billion forints of European contributions because of alleged corruption, a pro-government columnist urges exemplary punishment for the culprits. READ MORE

Hungary leaves Open Government Partnership

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Opinions sharply diverge on the government’s decision to withdraw from an international organisation set up five years ago to keep a tighter rein on corruption. Hungary has been often ‘criticised without being heard’, say friends of the government. READ MORE

TI corruption index

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Commenting on the latest (2016) Transparency International corruption index, a left-wing columnist thinks that Hungarians feel powerless against corruption because no corrupt officials have been seriously punished for the past 25 years. READ MORE

Car thefts and corruption

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Commenting on improving car theft statistics, a conservative pundit fears that the decline in the number of cars stolen may weaken the public’s awareness of large scale corruption. READ MORE

Dispute over National Bank recruitment 

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

A conservative columnist criticizes the National Bank for hiring former counterespionage officers. A pro-government economist, on the other hand, alleges that its critics want to take revenge on the National Bank for cutting into the profit of financial speculators.  READ MORE