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Hungary to take asylum seekers into custody

Monday, January 16th, 2017

A conservative pundit welcomes the government’s plan to take asylum seekers into custody while their applications are processed. Her left-wing counterpart thinks that there is no real terrorist danger that would necessitate such strict regulations. READ MORE

PISA test scores decline

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

A left-wing commentator accuses the government of purposefully impairing public education in Hungary in order to ‘produce obedient citizens’, while his right-wing counterpart thinks that politicising the debate on education makes proper discussion difficult. READ MORE

Lázár’s words fuel Huxit debate

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Commenting on ambiguous statements by top government officials following the Brexit referendum, left-liberal commentators wonder if Viktor Orbán’s government wants Hungary to leave the European Union. Magyar Nemzet suggests that such declarations were only meant to promote a high turnout at the quota-referendum, due to be held in the autumn.

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Sunday closing decision exposes inner tensions in government

Friday, April 15th, 2016

After several high-profile ministers and government MPs abstained from Tuesday’s vote on the bill to abolish Sunday shop closures, Index and Magyar Nemzet delve in intricate Kremlinology. READ MORE

Government announces plans to streamline bureaucracy

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

One left-wing and one conservative columnist welcome plans to cut red tape by restructuring and closing down public offices. They fear, however, that the government’s new plan may not quite fulfil the hopes invested in it. READ MORE

Thousands of undocumented migrants leave Hungary

Monday, September 7th, 2015

An agreement with Germany and Austria has allowed Hungary to transfer asylum seekers to the Austrian border. Weeklies and dailies ponder the implications of the crisis and the prospect of its resolution. READ MORE

Rogán’s appointment opposed by Lázár

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

A left-wing commentator thinks internal feuds within the ruling party have no practical importance, as long as PM Orbán is in office. READ MORE

Left-wing fears over EU fund distribution

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

As Cabinet Minister Lázár announces plans for early EU grant applications, the leading left-wing daily fears that the hasty procedure will result in a mindless waste of resources. READ MORE

Jobbik at the gates?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

A liberal commentator believes that Fidesz is about to launch a major campaign against Jobbik. A pro-government columnist fears that Jobbik is a real threat to the country, while another liberal pundit contends that Jobbik is a joke rather than a credible alternative to the current centre-right government. READ MORE

House of Fates to express a ‘Love Story’

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Historian Mária Schmidt, in charge of the ‘House of Fates’ project, defends the concept of the planned Holocaust memorial museum against leftist criticism and condemns the Cabinet Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s office for employing one of the main opponents of the project as his adviser. READ MORE