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Criticism of planned statue of anti-Semitic Interwar Minister of Education

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

The leading left-wing daily criticizes plans to honour the memory of historian Bálint Hóman, who as Minister of Education and Religion under Regent Miklos Horthy was actively involved in anti-Semitic legislation. READ MORE

Jobbik’s Horthy memorial march

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Népszabadság suggests that the far-right party is celebrating the rule and person of Admiral Horthy in order to provoke condemnation and thereby find a place on the TV news.  READ MORE

A Marxist philosopher on Horthy and capitalism

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Addressing both liberal and conservative critics of last week’s Horthy commemoration, Gáspár Miklós Tamás, a well-known leftist philosopher ridicules those who confine their criticism of the interwar era to anti-Semitism alone. READ MORE

Welcoming the new US Ambassador to Hungary

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Pundits across the political spectrum believe that Colleen Bradley Bell, the new US Ambassador to Hungary will form a rather dim picture of Hungary and its government if she gathers information from the US press before taking up her post. READ MORE

U.S. Embassy condemns Horthy celebration

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

A pro-government daily suggests that the warning issued by the US Embassy in Budapest over the Horthy statue amounts to interference in Hungarian politics. An opposition commentator blames the government for what he calls a new low in Hungarian-American relations. READ MORE

Storm blows on around Horthy statue

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

A centre-right commentator argues that instead of erecting new statues to Horthy, his era should be evaluated by historians. The Hungarian Reform Church has declared that a right-wing pastor’s key role in the celebration will be investigated. READ MORE

Finance Minister accused of falsifying history

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

A left-wing columnist believes that Finance Minister György Matolcsy has joined the chorus of right-wing politicians and intellectuals who try to blame the Holocaust purely on the Nazi German occupiers of Hungary. READ MORE

A judge’s approach to the vandalisation of Horthy’s statue

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Right-wing commentators are appalled by the statement of a judge who convicted but at the same time praised a protester for damaging a statue recently erected to Hungary’s interwar ruler. Left-wing analysts welcome the judge’s position and disagree with the Vice President of the Supreme Court, who scolded his colleague for expressing a personal opinion when issuing his verdict. READ MORE

The street name ban game

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Left-wing newspapers fear that a ban envisaged on Communist style street names could lead to a ban on their own titles. A centrist conservative blogger sees the bill submitted by right-wing MPs as a new step in the war over historical symbols. READ MORE

Pleas for a more balanced approach to the Horthy renaissance

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

After an angry and passionate exchange of opinions about a supposed revival of the cult of Miklós Horthy, leading columnists from both left and right call for a less opinionated approach, and caution against the over-politicized simplification and distortion of controversial and sensitive historical issues. READ MORE