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Anti-government protest in Budapest

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

A left-wing commentator thinks that Saturday’s rally showed the determination of opposition voters to stand up to Fidesz. A pro-government columnist finds opposition calls for a new election absurd. READ MORE

A campaign-tainted Easter week-end

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

In their last pre-electoral weekend issues, the weeklies only see a slim chance for the divided opposition to defeat the incumbent government, but agree that the election will be decided in the individual constituencies where the fate of more than half the parliamentary seats is sealed. READ MORE

Another post-electoral nightmare scenario

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

In the latest installment of an exchange of accusations with both sides accusing the other of planning reprisals (See BudaPost, March 21), a pro-government analyst sketches a tragic picture of what Hungary might look like, in the unlikely event of an opposition victory in the parliamentary election in 10 days’ time.  READ MORE

Election campaign in full swing

Monday, March 26th, 2018

With just two weeks to go till the Parliamentary election, weeklies and the dailies’ weekend editions discuss corruption scandals and ponder what comes after 8 April. READ MORE

Former PM Gyurcsány urges opposition coordination

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

As Ferenc Gyurcsány invites opposition leaders including Jobbik’s Gábor Vona to coordinate their electoral strategies, a pro-government columnist thinks that by the April election, a broad anti-Fidesz coalition of left-wing parties and Jobbik will emerge. READ MORE

Government may scale back its anti-Soros campaign

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

As government spin doctors are reported to be weighing a new communications strategy in the wake of their candidate’s defeat in the Hódmezővásárhely mayoral election, a liberal columnist predicts that they will target the disparate nature of the opposition – and they will be right. READ MORE

Speculation on the opposition’s chances

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The political analyst Gábor Török finds it unlikely that in the few remaining few weeks until the April election any of the opposition parties could become popular enough to challenge Fidesz. He does not rule out, however, the strategic coordination of opposition votes in single-seat districts. READ MORE

Weeklies on electoral prospects

Monday, February 5th, 2018

With just two months to go before the next parliamentary elections, the editorial writers of Hungary’s political weeklies agree that the incumbent governing force is the big favourite. Just how they respond to that situation, however, varies between combativeness and resignation. READ MORE

Left still fragmented, 70 days before the elections

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Commentators agree that the chances of the left are meagre, as its rather weak and scattered forces seem unable to coalesce, although over half the parliamentary seats (106 of 199) can be won in individual constituencies in a ‘first past the post’ system. READ MORE

Debate on boycotting the election

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Left-wing commentators agree that the opposition has little chance to defeat Fidesz in the next election, and wonder whether the Left should boycott the ballot. READ MORE