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Russian crisis – a warning for Hungary?

Saturday, December 20th, 2014
Commentators have been surprised by the swift weakening of Russia in the wake of western sanctions and declining oil prices. One believes the events have delivered a bleak verdict on Putin’s model, while another sees them as a warning of how narrow Hungary’s own elbow room is.

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In defence of “populism”

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A pro-government pundit thinks the post-war European welfare democracies are in decline and Hungary has stumbled into criticism from her European partners precisely because she is seeking a solution to that problem. READ MORE

Cyprus crisis echoes

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

A pro-government columnist writes that Cyprus is yet another example of how the EU-IMF pair wrecks vulnerable countries, while centrist commentators claim Cyprus is a special geopolitical case and is unlikely to serve as a precedent. READ MORE

EU popularity hits rock bottom

Friday, March 1st, 2013

An independent political analyst suggests that the low popularity ratings of the EU are due primarily to the recession, but in Hungary, the government’s rhetoric is also a factor. READ MORE

Christmas day ruminations

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

A left-wing commentator looking back on the past two and a half years claims that the Orbán government has created a severe economic and moral crisis in the country. His pro-government counterpart, on the other hand, accuses the left of pushing the country towards an economic, institutional and moral quagmire. READ MORE

IMF agreement delayed again

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

A leading pro-government columnist says that while Hungary does not need an IMF loan, negotiations should continue next year. READ MORE

Mixed reactions to the European Union’s Nobel Peace Prize

Monday, October 15th, 2012

The most important left and right wing dailies identify the message of the Norwegian decision as a clear warning that the values of a United Europe should be preserved. READ MORE

Rival interpretations of second quarter economic decline in Hungary

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The leading left-wing daily claims that worsening economic data may prompt Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to seek tighter control, in order to stave off electoral defeat. The pro-government daily presents the explanation of the Ministry of National Economy, according to which Hungary is doing better than some European neighbours. READ MORE

Are the ’unorthodox’ economic measures becoming mainstream?

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

A right-wing commentator, echoing the government’s claims, believes that the Orbán government’s widely criticised ’unorthodox’ economic measures are being copied by various European countries. A centrist online news site, however, finds such comparisons unconvincing. READ MORE

PM Orbán envisions nation state revival

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

In a comment on Viktor Orbán’s weekend speech, in which the PM blamed Brussels for the mishandling of the economic crisis, pundits on both left and right warn of the perils of the revival of national sovereignty. READ MORE