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Can Jobbik and LMP overcome left-right divisions?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

One centrist and one pro-government analyst agree that Fidesz seems to have stabilized its electoral support by putting migration in the focus of its rhetoric. They also wonder if potential Jobbik-LMP cooperation could overcome the Left-Right division, and thereby challenge both Fidesz and the left-wing opposition by 2018, the next election year. READ MORE

Freedom of information law criticised

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The leading left-wing daily contends that the government has amended the information act in order to weaken transparency and curtail the right of the opposition to unveil corruption. READ MORE

Young Hungarians dissatisfied with mainstream parties

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

A conservative columnist, commenting on a recent survey, warns that university students are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the mainstream Left and Right, and are turning to more radical parties. READ MORE

Liberal pundit cautions against minimum wage hike

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

A liberal columnist contends that the Left’s welfare promises are unrealistic and irresponsible. He suggests out that left-wing parties want to significantly increase government spending while at the same time, they deny that this would require tax hikes as well. READ MORE

High opposition stakes at the EP election

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

A centrist political analyst believes that the European Parliamentary election is important primarily for the opposition parties. READ MORE

European Parliamentary election campaign in top gear

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

A conservative commentator criticizes Jobbik’s anti-EU rhetoric by pointing out that Hungary has received thousands of billion Forints in EU cohesion funds. A liberal pundit scorns left and far-right parties which demand western European wages for Hungarians. READ MORE

LMP accused of complicity with Fidesz

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

A fiery liberal pundit alleges that Viktor Orbán owes his two thirds majority to Hungary’s Green Party. Zsófia Mihancsik scorns a young analyst who claimed that voting LMP would help prevent the government’s two thirds majority. The analyst replies that “the old dear doesn’t understand the first thing about voters’ minds if she thinks they can be commandeered to vote for any party.” READ MORE

A conservative about to vote for LMP

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

A conservative commentator thinks another two-thirds majority would be too much and advocates voting for LMP. READ MORE

Ruminations on sexist statement in Parliament

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Commenting on a crude statement made by a Fidesz State Secretary, left-wing pundits accuse the right-wing politician of fomenting male chauvinism and sexism. A pro-government columnist also criticizes the vulgar tone used by MP Illés, but finds the left-wing outcry over the impolite words somewhat hypocritical and overblown, nonetheless. READ MORE

Jobbik accuses Orbán of high treason

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Commenting on the noisy occupation of the Speaker’s rostrum staged by right-wing radical MPs in Parliament, a pro-government columnist compares Jobbik to the Jacobins who plunged Paris into a spiral of terror during their rule. A centrist analyst predicts a series of similar spectacular acts as the elections get closer. READ MORE