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MSZP suspected of receiving government support

Monday, June 26th, 2017

A fact-finding journalist discovers examples of surprising albeit indirect financial help from the government side to the MSZP, while an independent commentator dismisses the idea that the MSZP is kept afloat by Fidesz as just one more conspiracy theory. Jobbik’s new moderate strategy may play a role in the strategies of these two parties. READ MORE

Growing discontent with Botka in the MSZP?

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

A conservative daily reports that ‘the air is getting thin around Botka’, while a left-wing pundit believes that the MSZP candidate for PM must confront ‘the shadows of his own party’ if he wants to be successful. READ MORE

Former Socialist minister to represent Syrian migrant charged with terrorism

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

As a former Socialist Minister of Justice agrees to defend an asylum-seeker in his appeal against a conviction for terrorism, a pro-government commentator accuses the Left of ‘siding with illegal migrants’. A left-wing columnist dismisses the accusation. READ MORE

MSZP elects candidate for PM

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

As László Botka is formally confirmed as Socialist frontrunner in the 2018 Parliamentary election, commentators both on Left and Right agree that Mr Botka will face an uphill struggle to challenge Viktor Orbán. READ MORE

Competition sharpens on the Left

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Commentators across the political spectrum criticize the Left for trying to outbid the government with populist promises and by levelling unsubstantiated allegations against PM Orbán. READ MORE

Parties already in campaign mode

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Commentators try to make sense of the bitter campaign which parties have launched, less than 12 months before the next parliamentary elections. The battles rage both across the main political fault line, and within the opposition camp. READ MORE

Socialists to boycott pro-government media

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

A conservative commentator condemns those politicians who are inclined to address only ‘the friendly media’. Since that habit is spreading on both sides of the political divide, she suggests that ‘a total media war has exploded’. READ MORE

The Left’s chances in 2018

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

A left-wing columnist contends that the recent anti-government protests do not threaten Fidesz chances of winning next year’s Parliamentary election. READ MORE

Gyurcsány denounces ‘MSZP declaration of war’

Monday, March 27th, 2017

As the leaders of the two main left-wing parties exchange blows, analysts and pundits across the political spectrum assess the chances of the Left at the 2018 election. READ MORE

MSZP frontrunner wants higher taxes for the rich

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

As László Botka outlines his tax plans, a pro-government commentator accuses the MSZP of trying to weaken middle class families. An alt-left blogger welcomes the plans, hoping that taxing wealthier Hungarians would reduce inequality. READ MORE