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Over 70 parties registered in view of the April elections

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

A left-wing columnist castigates those leftist personalities who have suddenly decided to run on behalf of new political organisations, competing with the already divided opposition parties. READ MORE

Fidesz electoral victory taken for granted

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

A left-wing commentator sees no obstacle that could thwart the government’s endeavour to build an ‘illiberal democracy’, but warns corrupt acolytes that they might fall victims to it. A conservative pundit, on the other hand predicts that negative campaigning against the government will prove self-defeating. READ MORE

Weeklies on electoral prospects

Monday, February 5th, 2018

With just two months to go before the next parliamentary elections, the editorial writers of Hungary’s political weeklies agree that the incumbent governing force is the big favourite. Just how they respond to that situation, however, varies between combativeness and resignation. READ MORE

Intellectuals call for Left-Jobbik alliance

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

As 26 intellectuals call on voters to cast their ballots for the strongest opposition candidate in individual constituencies, one blogger thinks they have failed to consider what might happen on the day after the election. An analyst thinks believes that such across-the-board opposition collaboration does constitute a real threat to Fidesz. READ MORE

Népszava-debate on election boycott proposals

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

OpEd contributors in the left-wing national daily disagree about whether or not the opposition should boycott the parliamentary election in April. One author argues that a boycott would force the outside world to act, while another retorts that ‘the game must be won on the pitch’. READ MORE

Government-critical intellectuals side with opposition

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

As a group of left-wing and conservative personalities have set out to promote a high turnout at the next election this spring, an independent analyst thinks although Fidesz’s victory seems assured, the stakes of the election are high. READ MORE

President Áder’s wish: ‘Let us respect each other’

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Critics of the government agree that the President’s New Year speech was a collection of neutral good wishes, but offer diverging explanations. READ MORE

Left-liberal pessimism about electoral chances

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Four months before the next parliamentary elections, leading left-wing and liberal analysts set modest goals for their parties. Two think they should try and prevent Fidesz from gaining a two thirds majority, while a third suggests the Left should boycott the elections. READ MORE

Socialist Party still ‘drowning’

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

A leading left-wing commentator fulminates at the Socialist Party and the Left as a whole, and accuses them of being unable to produce a credible alternative to the incumbent government. READ MORE

Left-Jobbik alliance rejected in left-liberal columns

Monday, November 27th, 2017

After a whole week of silence over the stunning news that liberal intellectuals, including philosopher Ágnes Heller had suggested an electoral alliance with Jobbik, several left-liberal columnists now condemn the idea as immoral or impractical. READ MORE