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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

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

EU fines Hungary for irregular tendering under Socialist-Liberal government

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

As the European Commission withdraws billions of Forints from Hungary because of irregular tendering between 2003 and 2009, a pro-government commentator accuses the former Socialist-Liberal government of corruption. READ MORE

George Soros still on political centre stage

Monday, May 8th, 2017

As the dispute over George Soros and his network rolls on and grows ever more bitter, pro-government weeklies and dailies call for harsh measures to curb the alleged influence of the Hungarian-born philanthropist and his foundations. A left-wing journalist accuses the government of absurd falsifications and fear-mongering. READ MORE

Conservative analyst calls for a more democratic EU

Monday, October 17th, 2016

A conservative columnist accuses the European Commission of serving corporate interests. He calls on the European Council to reclaim power and stop the further disintegration of the EU. READ MORE

Brussels suspends social infrastructure fund payments

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

As the European Commission decides to withhold structural funds, a left-wing commentator fears that Hungarian taxpayers will have to pay billions of Forints if the projects are rejected by the EU. READ MORE

In the crossfire of corruption allegations

Friday, December 11th, 2015

As Parliament amends the law on public procurement tenders and former PM Gyurcsány’s company wins an EU assignment, columnists fling accusations of corruption at Right and Left. READ MORE

EU gives green light to citizens’ initiative against Hungary

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Commenting on a proposed European Citizen’s Initiative to punish Hungary for the alleged violation of basic democratic norms, a conservative columnist thinks that such ‘attacks’ will increase anti-European sentiments in Hungary. READ MORE

A U-turn in EU migration policy?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

A left-wing columnist comments on the weekend EU mini-summit on migration, and expresses the opinion  that PM Orbán has won an important battle as a new consensus emerges on the need to stop ‘illegal migrants’. Other pundits, however, doubt if the proposed EU road plan will help to resolve the refugee crisis. READ MORE

Prospects of EU solution to the migration situation

Friday, September 4th, 2015

PM Orbán travelled to Brussels on Thursday to discuss migration issues with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. This will be followed by a Visegrad 4 summit in Prague. Analysts wonder if there is hope for an EU solution to the migration crisis. READ MORE