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PM Orbán opens spring session debates

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A conservative economist agrees with the Prime Minister that the economy is on a firm footing and that Hungary haa chance of catching up with western Europe. Another analyst accuses the Prime Minister of trying to divert attention from corruption. READ MORE

More on government vs watchdog NGOs

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

An independent conservative author sees no justifiable reason for the government to lash out against NGOs subsidised by liberal western sources. A pro-government analyst, on the other hand believes that foreign interests in Hungarian politics must be made visible. READ MORE

Dispute over NGOs still in the headlines

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Pundits across the political spectrum debate if and to what extent NGOs should be considered as political actors rather than independent organizations. READ MORE

Dispute over ‘pseudo-NGOs’ heats up

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Left-wing and liberal sources liken the government’s plans to require asset declarations from NGO executives to totalitarian and dictatorial policies. Centrist commentators welcome more transparency but criticize the harsh language. A conservative columnist thinks that the proposal is a mere political red herring. READ MORE

NGO executives to be required to submit assets declarations

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

As Parliament prepares to discuss a bill that would require executives of NGOs to declare their assets annually, a left-wing columnist accuses the government of trying to silence its critics. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, thinks the proposed legislation will promote transparency. READ MORE

Government Audit Office papers released

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

The leading left-wing daily accuses the Prime Minister of cowardice and abuse of power in connection with the government’s feud with a group of liberal NGOs two years ago. READ MORE

Opposition civil organizations call for a referendum

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

A liberal commentator ridicules the efforts of anti-government NGOs to initiate a referendum on 19 separate issues. He suggests that unless the opposition finds a clear and simple message they are unlikely to increase their support. READ MORE

The USA’s own Norwegian Fund problem

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Pro-government commentators find it strange that while Washington sees Hungarian moves to investigate Norwegian funded projects as a serious attack on civil society, the United States has its own problems with Norwegian financed think tanks posing as independent research institutions. READ MORE

Hungarian officials and businessmen banned from entering US

Monday, October 20th, 2014

As the US bans a number of unnamed Hungarian state officials and businessmen from entering the US, left-wing and liberal columnists contend that the US wants to teach what they call the corrupt and increasingly pro-Russian Orbán government a lesson. Conservative pundits believe that the US wants to set an example and send the message that it does not tolerate any deviation from its foreign policy line or any violation of its financial interests. READ MORE

Further ruminations on Obama’s Hungary remarks

Monday, September 29th, 2014

A left-wing columnist sees the critical remarks made by President Obama accusing the Hungarian government of intimidating NGOs as evidence that the US is deeply concerned about the state of Hungarian democracy. A pro-government commentator accuses President Obama of applying double standards against Hungary. READ MORE