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Botka’s struggle for supremacy within the Left

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Commentaries continue to flow on MSZP front runner László Botkas surprisingly candid accusations against traitors and collaborationists within his own party. Commentators tend to agree that a left-wing victory at next years election is highly improbable. READ MORE

Weeklies on the opposition’s meagre chances

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Analysts on both Right and Left believe that the fragmented left-wing opposition stands no chance whatsoever of winning next year’s elections, at least not in their present shape. Right-wing commentators suspect however that the Socialist Party is doomed even in the longer run. READ MORE

Local council election won by Fidesz

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

A conservative analyst suggests that the current opposition doesn’t offer a political home to the new generation which has expressed its discontent in a series of recent mass demonstrations. Thus he believes that a Fidesz victory in next year’s elections is not in jeopardy. READ MORE

Competition sharpens on the Left

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Commentators across the political spectrum criticize the Left for trying to outbid the government with populist promises and by levelling unsubstantiated allegations against PM Orbán. READ MORE

EU fines Hungary for irregular tendering under Socialist-Liberal government

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

As the European Commission withdraws billions of Forints from Hungary because of irregular tendering between 2003 and 2009, a pro-government commentator accuses the former Socialist-Liberal government of corruption. READ MORE

Parties already in campaign mode

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Commentators try to make sense of the bitter campaign which parties have launched, less than 12 months before the next parliamentary elections. The battles rage both across the main political fault line, and within the opposition camp. READ MORE

Gyurcsány’s ’ultimatum’ to the PM

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Reacting to a statement by former  Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, that his 72 hour ultimatum has expired, and he now considers PM Orbán as having been blackmailed by Russia, his claim is dismissed by two of Mr Orbán’s conservative critics. READ MORE

Gyurcsány denounces ‘MSZP declaration of war’

Monday, March 27th, 2017

As the leaders of the two main left-wing parties exchange blows, analysts and pundits across the political spectrum assess the chances of the Left at the 2018 election. READ MORE

MSZP frontrunner wants higher taxes for the rich

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

As László Botka outlines his tax plans, a pro-government commentator accuses the MSZP of trying to weaken middle class families. An alt-left blogger welcomes the plans, hoping that taxing wealthier Hungarians would reduce inequality. READ MORE

No opposition alliance in sight

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

A left-wing commentator suspects that the Socialist candidate for Prime Minister doesn’t believe he can win next year and is only seeking a pretext to withdraw. The main reason is that this is a time of rivalries, before a dominant force emerges on the Left. READ MORE