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Ruminations on the EU-Turkey migrant deal

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Two conservative commentators criticize the EU for abandoning its core principles and trusting its security to Turkey. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, hopes that the lifting of the Turkish visa requirement will strengthen democrats in Turkey without compromising the EU’s security. READ MORE

Hungary’s migrant policy criticised by Amnesty International

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

A conservative constitutional lawyer dismisses the accusation that Hungary is violating its international obligations. On the contrary, Hungary is among the few states that still respects the Schengen treaty and acts accordingly, he claims. READ MORE

Prison inmates to get mobile phones

Friday, August 7th, 2015

A liberal columnist welcomes the government’s decision to buy mobile phones for prison inmates, and calls for more spending on detainees. A conservative pundit, on the other hand, thinks that the money should have been spent on improving education possibilities for inmates. READ MORE

US accused of hypocrisy

Friday, December 12th, 2014

A conservative columnist commenting on the CIA interrogation tactics report contends that the US likes to take the moral high ground but acts in a morally abhorrent way, reminiscent of Nazi Germany. READ MORE

Remembering the real Mandela

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A right-wing pundit criticises what he regards as the one-sided eulogies uttered by western statesmen about the late South African leader and suggests that the truth, though less idealistic, is more interesting. READ MORE

Right-of-centre commentators on the NSA scandal

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Two leading columnists of pro-government dailies find it absurd that the US should take the high ground and lecture Hungary on human rights and the rule of law, while it spies on its own citizens. READ MORE

Catch-up school for Roma: a segregation case?

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Pundits debate whether a special school for disadvantaged Roma children should be closed down. A liberal commentator believes that Roma families protesting against desegregation entrench their own social exclusion. Conservatives, on the other hand, contend that special attention given to poor Roma children fosters social inclusion. READ MORE

EU Human Rights Commissioner under fire

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

A left-wing columnist believes European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding should resign after accusing the Hungarian justice system of political bias. READ MORE

The State Department’s views on Hungary

Monday, May 28th, 2012

A right wing columnist chastises the US State Department for pronouncing unfounded opinions about Hungary. READ MORE

Budapest Pride denied permission

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Left-wing commentators criticise the police for denying permission for the annual LGBT march in Budapest. They believe that the police by doing so is violating basic human rights. One speculates that the conservative government wants to make sure no gays appear in public. READ MORE