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Parliament passes NGO law

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Two liberal weeklies accuse the government of trying to demonize and silence foreign funded watchdog organizations. READ MORE

Opposition stagnating in polls

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

In a comment on recent opinion polls, a centrist political scientist thinks that opposition parties still have some chance to prevent the victory of Fidesz in the 2018 election. A conservative columnist is more sceptical – he thinks that the opposition lacks a credible vision. 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

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

The Left’s chances in 2018

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

A left-wing columnist contends that the recent anti-government protests do not threaten Fidesz chances of winning next year’s Parliamentary election. READ MORE

Opposition rallies on May 1

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

A pro-government columnist thinks that Hungarian voters will not buy the opposition’s claims that the Fidesz government is ruining the country. Two liberal commentators fear that the Left is unlikely to unite against Fidesz. READ MORE

Local by-elections in Budapest

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

A liberal commentator interprets the results of two district by-elections held in Budapest as proof that Fidesz is losing support and that Jobbik is becoming insignificant in the capital. READ MORE

Fidesz intellectuals’ loyalty questioned

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Two young conservative pundits suggest that young middle class conservatives feel alienated by the policies of Fidesz. A pro-government commentator calls for dialogue between conservative elites and the government. READ MORE

Lajos Simicska’s war on Fidesz

Friday, April 7th, 2017

A pro-government commentator and a political analyst ponder the implications of the coordinated attack by media mogul Lajos Simicska and Jobbik on PM Orbán. READ MORE

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