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A conservative take on Jobbik’s moderate stance

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Commenting on the re-election of Gábor Vona as party leader, a Hungarian-American investor in the leading pro-government daily dismisses Jobbik’s shift to the centre as ‘a mere stunt’ intended to deceive moderate voters.
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Vona re-elected as Jobbik leader

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Left-wing and centrist commentators think that Gábor Vona wants to increase his own power in order to shift the radical party to the centre and challenge Fidesz from there. READ MORE

Austrian Chancellor Faymann resigns

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

As Chancellor Faymann steps down, pundits across the Hungarian political spectrum ponder the implications of the first round of the Austrian Presidential Election. All agree that the main reason for Faymann’s failure is the migration crisis. READ MORE

Vona to purge the Jobbik leadership of radicals

Monday, April 25th, 2016

As Jobbik leader Gábor Vona announces plans to get rid of Vice-Presidents associated with the exterme right wing of the party, commentators wonder what the implications of his move may be. READ MORE

The lessons of the French municipal elections

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

After centrist parties prevented the radical right wing from converting its first round lead into victory in France’s regional elections, commentators agree that the two traditional parties have no answers to the growing concerns of the French electorate. One even hints that they should learn from Hungary and Poland. 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

Le Pen at the gates 

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

As the National Front advances in the first round of the French municipal elections, pundits across the political spectrum try to assess whether the appeal of radical parties in Europe is a transient phenomenon, or if it is likely to stay. READ MORE

Left-wing takes on Vienna municipal elections

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

In a comment on Sunday’s Vienna municipal elections, a left-wing columnist finds it reassuring that the far-right FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria) could not capitalize on anti-immigrant rhetoric as much as many feared. READ MORE

The 20th Budapest Pride March

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

The right of sexual minorities are recognised on all sides, except right-wing extremists, but commentators disagree on whether the annual LGBT march through Budapest serves tolerance and understanding. READ MORE

Vona deradicalizes Jobbik

Monday, April 20th, 2015

As Jobbik leader Gábor Vona promises to prune out racist elements from his party, columnists wonder if Jobbik can be transformed into a moderate party without losing the support of its radical core. READ MORE