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PM withdraws from Left coalition talks

Friday, February 17th, 2017

A leading left-wing pundit excoriates all left-wing parties for pursuing their individual interests instead of co-operating to defeat the incumbent government in next year’s election. READ MORE

Ferenc Gyurcsány’s state of the nation speech

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

In his annual ‘state of the nation’ speech the former Prime Minister attacked the Fidesz government. He also accused the rest of the Left of trying to broker a deal and set up an anti-Orbán alliance behind his back. READ MORE

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

2016: A bitter year for the Left

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

In their end of the year opinion pieces, left-wing columnists paint a sad picture of the state of the world and Hungary within it. 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

Left-wing cooperation efforts stalled

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

A liberal commentator contends that the left-wing negotiations concerning preliminaries and joint opposition candidates at the 2018 Parliamentary election have run into the sand. READ MORE

Opposition struggles to respond to government’s welfare measures

Friday, December 9th, 2016

A liberal analyst writes that the Left is failing to react to a new series of welfare measures introduced by the government. The main problem, he suggests, is the lack of an overall message. READ MORE

Western leaders criticised for praising Fidel Castro

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Conservative pundits fulminate that the same Western politicians who often accuse the Orbán government of violating democratic norms remember Fidel Castro as some kind of hero – rather than a dictator with blood on his hands. READ MORE

Alt-left blogger calls for more identity politics

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

A left-wing blogger thinks that the Left should abandon the idea that “the people” is one single unit and embrace diversity instead. It should mobilize underrepresented groups, without trying to create a homogenous nation. READ MORE