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Terrorism in Europe – a clash of civilizations?

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Conservative papers interpret the recent terror attacks as harbingers of a clash of civilizations in Europe. Left-wing commentators, on the other hand, fear that the civilizational war rhetoric is used by authoritarian governments to justify their methods. READ MORE

Leading dailies on Viktor Orbán’s Tusnád speech

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Left-wing columnists find the PM’s messages ambiguous. A pro-government commentator thinks that Mr Orbán has offered a clear analysis and a feasible proposal to overcome Europe’s multiple crises. A centrist pundit believes the prime minister may become one of the new leaders of the EU. READ MORE

Anti-elitist revolution envisioned after Brexit vote

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Encouraged by the result of the referendum in the UK, one right-wing pundit writes about an ‘elite-hating’ revolution, while another argues that liberal democracies are under the thumb of aristocracies. READ MORE

Conservative pundits on the perils of secularization

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Two conservative columnists blame secularization in Europe for inhumane political ideologies, environmental decline and the continent’s ‘inability to resist migration from the Muslim world.’ READ MORE

A call to counter the Jihadist threat

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

A migration expert, writing in the leading pro-government daily, claims that the attempt of Europe’s liberal elite to use only “politically correct” language, downplays the real threat posed by political Islam. She recommends that European governments go beyond liberal dogmas and design a complex set of pragmatic counter-terrorism polices in order to fight the jihadists.   READ MORE

Cameron’s deal with the EU

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Two leading commentators agree that the deal struck by Great Britain at the EU summit last Saturday will probably be sufficient for British voters to opt for staying within the European Union in June, but Europe will never be the same again as a result. READ MORE

Europe tries to curb immigration

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

As European leaders face growing problems at home as a result of mass immigration, a pro-government commentator blames the crisis on what he calls ‘liberal delusions’. His left-wing counterpart urges Europe to curb immigration in order to avoid a takeover by far right populist parties. READ MORE

Reflections on Europe’s identity and future

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Left-wing commentators believe that further integration is the only way to save the vision of a free and unified Europe. Conservative pundits, on the other hand, caution against using Europe to tame those who do not agree with what they regard as liberal dogma. READ MORE

Chancellor Merkel and PM Orbán on the international front pages

Monday, December 14th, 2015

As Angela Merkel is named person of the year by Time magazine, and the Economist features PM Orbán alongside Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen, commentators ruminate on the growing rift between liberal elites and their opponents. READ MORE

Fear of terrorism haunts Europe

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

As terrorism alerts are announced in Europe and Brussels is closed off for days, columnists on both Left and Right ponder how much freedom we should sacrifice for the sake of security. READ MORE