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Major brokerage house investigated for fraud

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Pundits both on Right and Left fear that trust in banks and financial markets will weaken as the National Bank suspends operation of the Buda-Cash brokerage house, and estimates that as much as 100 billion Forints may have been embezzled. READ MORE

Tax amnesty for investors in government bonds

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Népszabadság calls the project a capitulation to tax evasion and deplores a police search in the home of a tax fraud whistle-blower. Meanwhile, fact-finding journalists continue their quest to either prove or disprove the whistle-blower’s allegations. READ MORE

Police raid on the Tax Authority whistleblower

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

An unaffiliated commentator, writing in Index, says the raid on András Horváth’s apartment during which police seized documents and his laptop computer, reminds him of the bad old days. Mandiner counters with a commentary from an unnamed blogger who finds the ‘love affair’ of the liberal media with a less-then-convincing Horváth ridiculous. READ MORE

Opposition losing ground before the election run-up

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Various commentators – including even some who otherwise deem the government’s performance appalling – believe that the opposition hardly stands a chance at the elections scheduled for next spring. READ MORE

Tax Authority scandal is going nowhere

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Left-wing commentators agree that it is unlikely that the public will ever get to the bottom ofthe alleged tax fraud case. While one commentary writes the alleged misconduct of the Tax Authority does not bother Fidesz voters, the other opposition commentator says the whistleblower botched his revelation and the issue will end in a Parliamentary catfight. READ MORE

Tax Agency defector reports widespread corruption

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Commentators suggest that the main parties seem embarrassed by accusations aired by a former leading Tax Authority official, who claims that a group of large enterprises are practically exempt from check-ups and enjoy the protection of powerful people. READ MORE

Awkward damage control at the MSZP over forged video affair

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

A young and irreverent commentator urges the leaders of the Socialist Party to resign because of their amateurish handling of the Baja electoral video scandal. READ MORE

Conservative bill to penalise political video hoaxes

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

A moderate legal analyst opposes a bill tabled by four pro-government MPs with the intention of deterring potential copy-cat stunts based on the ill-famed forged electoral video from Baja. READ MORE

Baja-gate rolls on

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

According to a conservative columnist, evidence suggests that the staged Baja video tape was commissioned by the Socialist party. Népszava accuses the pro-government media of exaggerating the issue, while Népszabadság, the leading left-wing daily, welcomes the opposition parties’ decision to distance themselves from the individuals involved in the fabrication. READ MORE

Mutual recriminations around Baja video

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

A liberal columnist suggests that if Fidesz wins the 2014 Parliamentary elections, its victory cannot be seen as legitimate. A pro-government commentator compares the Socialists to the former Communist Party for staging a video in order to accuse the governing party of electoral fraud. READ MORE