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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

Socialist frontrunner rules out cooperation with Gyurcsány

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Commentators wonder if a left-wing electoral pact is possible, as the Socialist candidate for Prime Minister calls on his main potential ally to quit politics altogether. READ MORE

PM withdraws from Left coalition talks

Friday, February 17th, 2017

A leading left-wing pundit excoriates all left-wing parties for pursuing their individual interests instead of co-operating to defeat the incumbent government in next year’s election. READ MORE

Ferenc Gyurcsány’s state of the nation speech

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

In his annual ‘state of the nation’ speech the former Prime Minister attacked the Fidesz government. He also accused the rest of the Left of trying to broker a deal and set up an anti-Orbán alliance behind his back. READ MORE