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Speculation on the opposition’s chances

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The political analyst Gábor Török finds it unlikely that in the few remaining few weeks until the April election any of the opposition parties could become popular enough to challenge Fidesz. He does not rule out, however, the strategic coordination of opposition votes in single-seat districts. READ MORE

Islam portrayed as a threat to Europe

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

A right-wing pundit contends that all opposition parties from left to right, including Jobbik, are ‘helping Islam subjugate Europe’. A conservative critic of the government agrees that political Islam is a threat to European values, but cautions against what he calls ‘the government’s anti-Islamic rhetoric’. READ MORE

Intellectuals call for Left-Jobbik alliance

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

As 26 intellectuals call on voters to cast their ballots for the strongest opposition candidate in individual constituencies, one blogger thinks they have failed to consider what might happen on the day after the election. An analyst thinks believes that such across-the-board opposition collaboration does constitute a real threat to Fidesz. READ MORE

Deferred payment offered on fines for illegal party financing

Monday, January 15th, 2018

A liberal commentator suspects a trap, as Minister of National Economy Mihály Varga offers a possibility for the deferred payment of fees levied on opposition parties found guilty of illicit campaign financing. A pro-government columnist dismisses similar criticism by opposition parties. READ MORE

Government-critical intellectuals side with opposition

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

As a group of left-wing and conservative personalities have set out to promote a high turnout at the next election this spring, an independent analyst thinks although Fidesz’s victory seems assured, the stakes of the election are high. READ MORE

Vona describes Jobbik as ‘the last bastion of democracy’

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

As Jobbik leader Gábor Vona claims that his party is the ‘last bastion of democracy’, a pro-government commentator accuses him of pure opportunism. A left-wing blogger also dismisses the idea that Mr Vona would in any way be a defender of democracy. READ MORE

Left-liberal pessimism about electoral chances

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Four months before the next parliamentary elections, leading left-wing and liberal analysts set modest goals for their parties. Two think they should try and prevent Fidesz from gaining a two thirds majority, while a third suggests the Left should boycott the elections. READ MORE

Jobbik as the central theme of year-end politics

Monday, December 18th, 2017

As the Jobbik party stands accused of illicit campaign financing, columnists on Left and Right ponder the impact of its billboard-financing controversy on party politics and electoral chances. READ MORE

Jobbik to demonstrate against campaign finance fine

Friday, December 15th, 2017

As the Jobbik party announces a demonstration ‘in defence of democracy’, a left-wing blogger wonders whether liberals and left-wingers should join the demonstration of the radical party. READ MORE

State Audit Office fines Jobbik 

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Liberal and conservative pundits accuse the State Audit Office of Hungary of using double standards after it fined Jobbik for illicit campaign financing. A pro-government columnist thinks the office did its job and applied the law in a fair way. READ MORE