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Bajnai hired by a global investment firm

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

As former PM Bajnai is named Chief Operating Officer of the Paris based Meridiam investment firm, commentators on both the left and right agree that Bajnai is quitting politics. While a right-wing columnist considers this as good riddance for Hungary, a left-wing analyst blames Bajnai’s failure on Gyurcsány and Mesterházy. READ MORE

Reshuffle on the Left after the EP election

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Opinions diverge on whether the MSZP made the right choice in convening its congress for mid-July or if it was the result of a last ditch trick by the failed leadership. Analysts also think Fidesz is putting the Left in an awkward position with the planned new rules for the municipal elections in Budapest. What they do not know is what will enable left-wing parties to attract more voters rather than cannibalising each other. READ MORE

Mesterházy’s fall

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

A left-wing analyst appreciates Attila Mesterházy’s decision to step down both as Socialist party leader and as  faction leader in Parliament. He writes with disdain about one of Mesterházy’s former supporters who “stabbed him in the back”. READ MORE

A first take of the EP elections

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The first analyses following the elections for the European Parliament agree that the Socialist Party was the main loser of the day. The absolute majority of Fidesz was no surprise, given the low turnout, and Jobbik was expected by most observers to come in second. But the poor showing of the MSZP was a shock for left-wingers and a cause for much schadenfreude for the Right. READ MORE

‘Don’t panic’ appeal to the MSZP

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

A leading left-liberal pundit cautions Socialist Party Chairman against hasty moves which have done so much harm to his authority since the elections. READ MORE

Fidesz to offer a pact to Socialists?

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

A young pro-government writer suggests that Fidesz helped the Socialists to preserve their place in Hungarian politics, and now it is time for the MSZP to take up the offer and give up “the democracy agenda”. The author, a member of the Young Christian Democrats (affiliated with the Fidesz-KDNP coalition) recalls the so-called Bethlen-Peyer pact as an example which could be emulated today. READ MORE

Is the “Orbán régime” here to stay until 2022?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

In their analyses on the causes of the defeat of the Left at the elections on 6th April, commentators across the political spectrum believe that there will be no left-wing alternative to the incumbent government until the far reaching lessons of two consecutive electoral catastrophes are learned. Opinions differ, however about what those lessons are. READ MORE

The Left stands accused of radicalism

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

A pro-government columnist thinks the Left hasn’t learned the lesson of the elections and sticks to the radical language which, he suggests, caused its crushing defeat on April 6th. He predicts that these tactics will further weaken the left-wing opposition. READ MORE

Left-wing media propose electoral TV duels

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Népszabadság and ATV propose a series of televised debates, including a duel between PM Viktor Orbán and Socialist Party leader Attila Mesterházy during the last week of the campaign. Right-wing pundits dismiss the idea that such pre-electoral debates are a must in any democracy. READ MORE

Zuschlag accuses the MSZP and Gyurcsány

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Commentators agree that the revelations of a former Socialist MP ,who served six years in prison for corruption, are extremely painful for the Left. Left-wing authors add however, that they believe the claims have been fabricated for propaganda purposes. READ MORE