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Magyar Nemzet shuts down

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

As media tycoon Lajos Simicska withdraws from several important outlets, commentators complain that a piece of Hungarian history is disappearing with the daily Magyar Nemzet – unless a political investor manages to save it. READ MORE

LMP under left-wing pressure to co-operate with the DK

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

In Népszava, Balázs Böcskei, the founding director of the IDEA Institute of Political Analyses and his colleague, Balázs Barkóczi argue that the green party is losing more than it gains by refusing to co-operate with the left, especially with Ferenc Gyurcsány’s Democratic Coalition (DK). 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

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

Left-wing war pits all against all

Monday, November 6th, 2017

As left-wing parties continue to argue over whether to run jointly or separately in next Spring’s general election, commentators across the political spectrum agree that the Left has little chance to defeat Fidesz in 2018. Left-wing parties, they assume, are competing with each other to lead the opposition, rather than with the governing parties. READ MORE

MSZP leaders still stand behind Botka

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

Commentators try to make sense of the disarray in the Socialist party leadership, and reach mutually exclusive conclusions from the events of the past few days. READ MORE

MSZP plummets in the polls

Friday, September 29th, 2017

In light of the latest poll figures, a liberal commentator thinks MSZP frontrunner László Botka’s bid for the post of Prime Minister is doomed, and Fidesz already appears the easy winner of next year’s elections. READ MORE

Ron Werber as LMP’s campaign guru?

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

An independent conservative columnist thinks that by hiring former MSZP campaign strategist Ron Werber to shape their electoral campaign next year, the LMP risks losing the only trait that keeps it afloat. READ MORE

Small opposition parties at war?

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

A conservative commentator interprets a Reflektor article criticising Momentum as a sign of a pre-electoral war between LMP and Momentum. He assumes that the idea of an electoral alliance uniting them and two other small opposition parties is doomed to failure. READ MORE

LMP helps elect Constitutional Court judges

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

As other opposition parties accuse the green party of treason, former LMP leader András Schiffer takes up the defence of the Party’s MPs. He contends that the new appointees will bolster the system of checks and balances in Hungary.

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