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Dispute over ‘pseudo-NGOs’ heats up

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Left-wing and liberal sources liken the government’s plans to require asset declarations from NGO executives to totalitarian and dictatorial policies. Centrist commentators welcome more transparency but criticize the harsh language. A conservative columnist thinks that the proposal is a mere political red herring. READ MORE

NGO executives to be required to submit assets declarations

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

As Parliament prepares to discuss a bill that would require executives of NGOs to declare their assets annually, a left-wing columnist accuses the government of trying to silence its critics. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, thinks the proposed legislation will promote transparency. READ MORE

Former Socialist PM calls for grand anti-Orbán coalition

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

A left-wing and a pro-government pundit both question the desirability and feasibility of former Socialist Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy’s call for a grand coalition of left-wing parties and Jobbik. READ MORE

Fidesz fights a war on two fronts

Monday, December 19th, 2016

A liberal commentator thinks that Fidesz is waging a war on two fronts. On the one hand, this is a struggle with Jobbik for the allegiance of the more radical right-wing leaning voters, while on the other the ruling party also wants to lure left-wing voters.  READ MORE

Hungarian-German ‘ideological differences’ challenged

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

A conservative pundit explains the political friction between Angela Merkel and the Hungarian centre-right government in terms of the different paths of consolidation pursued in Hungary and Germany rather than by ideological divergences. READ MORE

The political landscape after the referendum

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Commentators across the political spectrum ponder the implications of the 2 October quota referendum for the main parties and their mobilization strategies. READ MORE

First reactions to the quota referendum

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Commenting on the quota referendum results, left-leaning media as well as one conservative daily conclude that the referendum is a defeat for PM Orbán. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, thinks that Fidesz has never mobilized so many voters as in the EU quota referendum. READ MORE

The MSZP accused of ‘playing the regime game’

Monday, September 19th, 2016

A liberal conservative political scientist provoked an uproar by describing the Socialist Party as an integral part of PM Orbán’s régime. But another analyst soon followed in his footsteps. READ MORE

The political stakes of the quota referendum

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Analysts across the political spectrum ponder the potential implications of the 2 October migrant quota referendum for Hungarian domestic politics and the European Union. READ MORE

Simicska to ally with Jobbik?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

The leading left-wing daily suspects that Lajos SImicska, a former ally of PM Orbán will openly support and help Jobbik in an effort to defeat Fidesz. READ MORE