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Dispute over the economic implications of migration

Monday, August 14th, 2017

A conservative economist suspects that core EU states facilitate migration in order to import a cheap labour force. A liberal analyst dismisses the claim that migration is the biggest economic challenge, and recommends the government spend more on education. READ MORE

Slovakia – V4 outsider/EU insider?

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

A left-wing columnist predicts that Slovakia will ultimately join the mainstream EU countries rather than remaining loyal to the Visegrád 4 group, of which it is a member. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s post-2019 EU agenda

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

One week after the Prime Minister said Hungary and her East European allies will have a crucial job to accomplish within the European Union after Brexit, two leading analysts express diametrically opposing views on Hungary’ future within the EU. READ MORE

EU Court to reject Hungarian-Slovak anti-relocation suit

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

A left-wing columnist agrees with the opinion of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice who has recommended to the judges that they reject a complaint by Hungary and Slovakia against a September 2015 decision to relocate migrants from Italy and Greece to other EU countries. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s annual speech at Băile Tușnad

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Commentators sharply disagree on Viktor Orbán’s thesis that the V4 countries represent ‘the future of Europe’. READ MORE

V-4 unity seen as ephemeral

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

A left-wing analyst thinks that although the Visegrád countries unanimously oppose the idea of a multi-speed Europe, in the end Hungary will be left on her own in her relentless opposition to Brussels. READ MORE

EU launches infringement procedure over NGO law

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

As the European Commission starts a new infringement procedure against Hungary over the law on foreign-funded NGOS, a right-wing columnist accuses NGOs of having ‘anarchist leanings’. A liberal blogger thinks that the procedure jeopardizes the membership of Fidesz in the European People’s Party. READ MORE

Dispute over Helmut Kohl’s legacy

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

A left-wing and a pro-government columnist disagree over whether or not the Hungarian Prime Minister’s vision of a Europe of nation states is in line with Helmut Kohl’s legacy. READ MORE

Hungarians – the most pro-EU people in Europe

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

According to two parallel international surveys, Hungary turns out to be the nation most favourable to the European Union. But commentators sharply disagree on the role the government has played in confronting Brussels and shaping public opinion inside the country. The Hungarian EU Commissioner, despite his allegiance to Fidesz, disagrees with the government on migration issues. READ MORE

EU infringement procedure against Hungary on refugee relocation

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

As the European Commission initiates a new procedure against Central European member states for not participating in the EU refugee relocation scheme, a conservative pundit thinks that the EU’s strategy will boost PM Orbán’s popularity.   READ MORE