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Dispute among liberals over the fairness of election

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Three liberal intellectuals question the fairness and legitimacy of the April 8 election. Another liberal commentator suggests that by blaming their defeat purely on allegedly unfair circumstances, the Left could miss an opportunity to revise its strategy. READ MORE

György Konrád’s speculations about PM Orbán’s eventual demise

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

A pro-government columnist suggests that the liberal writer is advocating violence when he projects a future scenario in which the PM may have to choose between quitting or being killed. An alt-left commentator thinks the scenario Mr Konrad sketched is mistaken, but non-threatening. READ MORE

Vona describes Jobbik as ‘the last bastion of democracy’

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

As Jobbik leader Gábor Vona claims that his party is the ‘last bastion of democracy’, a pro-government commentator accuses him of pure opportunism. A left-wing blogger also dismisses the idea that Mr Vona would in any way be a defender of democracy. READ MORE

Jobbik as the central theme of year-end politics

Monday, December 18th, 2017

As the Jobbik party stands accused of illicit campaign financing, columnists on Left and Right ponder the impact of its billboard-financing controversy on party politics and electoral chances. READ MORE

Jobbik to demonstrate against campaign finance fine

Friday, December 15th, 2017

As the Jobbik party announces a demonstration ‘in defence of democracy’, a left-wing blogger wonders whether liberals and left-wingers should join the demonstration of the radical party. READ MORE

Dutch-Hungarian diplomatic dispute

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Pro-government commentators welcome the government’s firm reaction to criticism from the Dutch ambassador to Budapest. Left-wing and liberal pundits, on the other hand, accuse the government of paranoia and overreaction. READ MORE

Liberal writer lambasts moderate analysts

Monday, July 17th, 2017

A liberal writer labels as cowards those political commentators who try to maintain a balanced view. They should show a little more civil courage and name the Orbán government as an outright tyranny. READ MORE

US President Trump’s Warsaw message

Monday, July 10th, 2017

A left-wing commentator interprets President Trump’s Warsaw speech as a harbinger of a more isolationist US. A conservative columnist agrees with President Trump that Europe needs to seal its borders in order to defend its core values. READ MORE

Repercussions of the French election

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

A pro-government analyst wonders if the Left and Liberals in Hungary will label the French election as anti-democratic. A conservative commentator contends that the Hungarian opposition should learn from President Macron if it wants to challenge Fidesz. READ MORE

Germany ponders cutting funds for EU rule breakers

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

As Germany looks into freezing the EU funding of countries that violate the rule of law, a left-wing columnist supposes that the government might quit the EU if no EU funds were forthcoming. A liberal commentator suggests that it is unlikely that such punitive mechanisms will be implemented. READ MORE