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Speculation on the opposition’s chances

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The political analyst Gábor Török finds it unlikely that in the few remaining few weeks until the April election any of the opposition parties could become popular enough to challenge Fidesz. He does not rule out, however, the strategic coordination of opposition votes in single-seat districts. READ MORE

Stop Soros to be tabled in Parliament

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

As the government plans to table the so-called ‘Stop Soros’ package of anti-asylum-seeker bills, a conservative critic of the government thinks that the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Fidesz may alienate even some of those voters who otherwise agree with the governing party’s migration policies. READ MORE

Gyurcsány accuses the MSZP of conniving with Fidesz

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

A political scientist thinks the leader of the Democratic Coalition probably considers other opposition parties as rivals rather than allies, otherwise he would not accuse them of conniving with the ruling party, which they are supposed to be dethroning together. READ MORE

George Soros accuses Fidesz of ’buying up’ the MSZP

Monday, January 29th, 2018

A left-wing blogger dismisses and sharply criticizes remarks by George Soros that Prime Minister Orbán has ‘bought up’ the opposition parties, and for suggesting that the Left has little chance of winning the April election. READ MORE

Analyst predicts lasting Fidesz rule

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

A conservative political scientist suspects that the government has a realistic chance of becoming a centrist force in Hungary which could dominate politics for a long time unchallenged by the opposition. READ MORE

Fidesz party congress in focus

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Left-wing and liberal pundits accuse the government of creating an alternative reality. Pro-government commentators, on the other hand, think that the opposition lives in a bubble which prevents them from understanding the reasons behind the popularity of Fidesz. READ MORE

PM Orbán re-elected as party leader

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

In the first comment on the weekend Fidesz party congress, a conservative critic of the government accuses Fidesz of using apocalyptic rhetoric to mobilize voters rather than debating more down to earth issues. READ MORE

Fidesz lead grows further

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

A left-wing and a conservative commentator offer diametrically opposed explanations for the record high popularity enjoyed by Fidesz in opinion surveys. READ MORE

Parliament amends anti-corruption law

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

A pro-government commentator believes that the new anti-corruption legislation will make it harder for the opposition to accuse the government of corruption. A left-wing commentator suggests that the stricter regulations are unlikely to reduce corruption. READ MORE

Fidesz election lead unchanged

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

As the new political season gets underway, Fidesz maintains its lead in the polls according to two separate surveys. Despite efforts by the opposition, neither the Left, nor Jobbik have become any stronger. Conservative columnists attribute the poll results to fast economic growth and the weakness of the opposition parties. READ MORE