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Deferred payment offered on fines for illegal party financing

Monday, January 15th, 2018

A liberal commentator suspects a trap, as Minister of National Economy Mihály Varga offers a possibility for the deferred payment of fees levied on opposition parties found guilty of illicit campaign financing. A pro-government columnist dismisses similar criticism by opposition parties. READ MORE

Gyurcsány seen as the likely winner on the Left 

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The two leading left-wing parties have already named their joint candidates in all the 106 constituencies.  Although more than 60 are MSZP nominees, a left-wing and a pro-government pundit both agree that former PM Gyurcsány’s Democratic Coalition is about to become the number one force within the left-wing opposition. READ MORE

Left-wing war pits all against all

Monday, November 6th, 2017

As left-wing parties continue to argue over whether to run jointly or separately in next Spring’s general election, commentators across the political spectrum agree that the Left has little chance to defeat Fidesz in 2018. Left-wing parties, they assume, are competing with each other to lead the opposition, rather than with the governing parties. READ MORE

Gyurcsány against non-resident voting

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

A conservative columnist thinks that former PM Gyurcsány’s proposal to strip non-resident Hungarian citizens of voting rights will mobilize transborder voters – in support of Fidesz. READ MORE

The state of the Left after Botka’s withdrawal

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Liberal and left-wing commentators wonder what strategy the Left should follow at the 2018 election, after the resignation of the Socialist candidate for Prime Minister. They agree that the Left is in a mess, but come up with very different proposals to resolve the crisis. READ MORE

MSZP leader announces election programme

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Commenting on László Botka’s program and strategy, a left-wing pundit fears that the current political system and parties may go down the drain after 2018. A pro-government columnist thinks that Mr Botka is not taken seriously even by left-wing intellectuals. READ MORE

Competition sharpens on the Left

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Commentators across the political spectrum criticize the Left for trying to outbid the government with populist promises and by levelling unsubstantiated allegations against PM Orbán. READ MORE

The Left’s chances in 2018

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

A left-wing columnist contends that the recent anti-government protests do not threaten Fidesz chances of winning next year’s Parliamentary election. READ MORE

Gyurcsány denounces ‘MSZP declaration of war’

Monday, March 27th, 2017

As the leaders of the two main left-wing parties exchange blows, analysts and pundits across the political spectrum assess the chances of the Left at the 2018 election. READ MORE

Former Socialist PM calls for grand anti-Orbán coalition

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

A left-wing and a pro-government pundit both question the desirability and feasibility of former Socialist Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy’s call for a grand coalition of left-wing parties and Jobbik. READ MORE