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Further ruminations on Jobbik’s turn to the centre

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Although all the involved parties have dismissed such speculations, pundits both on Left and Right continue to discuss the potential of a broad anti-Fidesz opposition including both the left-wing parties and Jobbik. READ MORE

House Speaker Kövér says power can be wearing

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

A left-wing columnist praises the Speaker for his sincerity about the negative side-effects of power on a ruling party, but rejects his idea that the Left intends to ally itself with radical right-wing Jobbik in order to defeat Fidesz. READ MORE

Former Socialist PM calls for grand anti-Orbán coalition

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

A left-wing and a pro-government pundit both question the desirability and feasibility of former Socialist Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy’s call for a grand coalition of left-wing parties and Jobbik. READ MORE

Fidesz fights a war on two fronts

Monday, December 19th, 2016

A liberal commentator thinks that Fidesz is waging a war on two fronts. On the one hand, this is a struggle with Jobbik for the allegiance of the more radical right-wing leaning voters, while on the other the ruling party also wants to lure left-wing voters.  READ MORE

Jobbik mayor’s stunt to ban the burqa and “homosexual propaganda”

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

A left-wing commentator dismisses a Jobbik mayor’s anti-burqa and anti-gay decree as a mere stunt, and likens his small municipality to a lunatic asylum. His pro-government counterpart thinks Jobbik voters may be left puzzled and clueless about the party’s ideological direction. READ MORE

Debate on a potential MSZP-Jobbik alliance

Monday, November 28th, 2016

A left-liberal author argues for a broad alliance from Socialists to the radical right-wing Jobbik party in order to defeat the incumbent government. A left-wing pundit rejects the idea, while a right-wing analyst thinks it is unrealistic and unfeasible. READ MORE

Jobbik to table constitutional amendment

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

A pro-government pundit dismisses as a stunt Jobbik’s plan to submit the somewhat revised constitutional amendments it rejected last week in Parliament. A liberal columnist thinks Jobbik’s move will give Fidesz a headache. READ MORE

Another call for an anti-Fidesz coalition between Jobbik and the Left

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

A centrist pundit thinks that short of a broad alliance, the opposition will be no match for Fidesz at the next election. READ MORE

Jobbik’s moderate shift dismissed as a ruse

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

A pro-government analyst accuses Jobbik leader Gábor Vona of feigning moderation, while in reality pushing a radical agenda, including the withdrawal of Hungary from the European Union. READ MORE

Jobbik leader calls for cancellation of residency bonds programme

Friday, October 21st, 2016

A pro-government pundit accuses Jobbik of treason as party leader Gábor Vona makes Jobbik’s support of PM Orbán’s constitutional amendments conditional on scrapping the residence bond scheme. A conservative columnist, on the other hand, thinks that unless Fidesz complies, it will become evident that the governing party has a financial interest in selling Hungarian residence to foreigners. READ MORE