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Soros and the PM exchange Mafia accusations

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

As George Soros depicts the Orbán government as a ‘mafia state’, government politicians including the premier himself describe the NGOs supported by Mr Soros as ‘a mafia network.’ A pro-government columnist fears that anti-government protesters will soon turn violent. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, finds the government’s rhetoric frightening. READ MORE

Germany ponders cutting funds for EU rule breakers

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

As Germany looks into freezing the EU funding of countries that violate the rule of law, a left-wing columnist supposes that the government might quit the EU if no EU funds were forthcoming. A liberal commentator suggests that it is unlikely that such punitive mechanisms will be implemented. READ MORE

Weeklies on EU Article 7 procedure

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Two critics of the government agree that the resolution adopted by the European Parliament to launch a procedure to investigate whether basic European values are systematically transgressed in Hungary is unlikely to cause serious problems to the government.  READ MORE

The PM’s baby boom plan

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Commentators disagree on PM Orbán’s planned measures aimed at reversing Hungary’s demographic decline within the next decade. READ MORE

EP resolution dismissed by PM Orbán

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

An independent conservative commentator detects a series of inconsistencies in the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Hungary last week, and believes that it only further fuels domestic government propaganda. 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

Emmanuel Macron, President of France

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

In the very first Hungarian press commentary on the outcome of the presidential election in France, a pro-government analyst hopes that Emmanuel Macron will not make good on his campaign promise to fine unruly EU member countries. READ MORE

PM Orbán meeting EPP leaders

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The first comments on the outcome of the European People’s Party Presidency meeting on Hungary express a mixture of confusion and contradictions on whether the Prime Minister made concessions in Brussels, or defended his positions against criticism and pressure. READ MORE

Gyurcsány’s ’ultimatum’ to the PM

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Reacting to a statement by former  Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, that his 72 hour ultimatum has expired, and he now considers PM Orbán as having been blackmailed by Russia, his claim is dismissed by two of Mr Orbán’s conservative critics. READ MORE

PM Orbán under fire in the European Parliament

Friday, April 28th, 2017

While the Prime Minister defended his policies against sharp criticism by the European Commission and MEPs, a legal analyst wrote that the infringement procedure launched by the Commission against Hungary rests on shaky foundations. READ MORE