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British Ambassador’s praise of V4

Monday, December 4th, 2017

A liberal columnist accuses the British ambassador to Budapest of ‘flattering’ PM Orbán and ‘echoing his populist slogans’. She suggests that Britain needs the V-4 countries in its standoff with Brussels over Brexit, but would not protect Hungary and Poland if EU leaders wanted to strip them of their voting rights. READ MORE

Fidesz party congress in focus

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Left-wing and liberal pundits accuse the government of creating an alternative reality. Pro-government commentators, on the other hand, think that the opposition lives in a bubble which prevents them from understanding the reasons behind the popularity of Fidesz. READ MORE

PM Orbán re-elected as party leader

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

In the first comment on the weekend Fidesz party congress, a conservative critic of the government accuses Fidesz of using apocalyptic rhetoric to mobilize voters rather than debating more down to earth issues. READ MORE

Kurz seen as an ally for the Hungarian government

Friday, November 10th, 2017

A pro-government analyst believes that Austria’s new chancellor will seek allies in Hungary and the other Visegrád 4 countries, in order to in counter German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policies. As a result, he believes, new opportunities will open for Hungary for her voice to be heard in the European Union. READ MORE

The 61st anniversary of 56

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Commentators on all sides agree that the opposition’s performance on the anniversary of the 1956 revolution was pathetic. They disagree, however on PM Orbán’s statement on Sunday that Hungary must now, once again, defend its independence. READ MORE

Austrian election seen as mostly positive for Hungary’s government

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

A pro-government columnist expects that cooperation between Austria and Hungary will improve under the new Austrian government led by Sebastian Kurz. A liberal commentator thinks that a right-wing coalition’s restrictive stance on intra-EU migration may create friction between Austria and Hungary. READ MORE

An East-West divide within the EU in the making?

Monday, October 16th, 2017

A pro-government weekly carries a call by a conservative Polish analyst for East European unity against what he regards as unfettered domination by Western élites. READ MORE

Simicska’s war continues

Friday, October 6th, 2017

As the media mogul Lajos Simicska continues his war on Prime Minister Orbán, a pro-government commentator accuses the Left of applying double standards. A left-wing columnist wonders whether Mr Simicska has information on secret Fidesz deals.  READ MORE

Refugee holiday prevented by residents

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Critics of the government excoriate PM Viktor Orbán for saying he had no problem with the inhabitants of a small village in southern Hungary who protested against a guesthouse owner because he planned to host a group of refugees for a short holiday. READ MORE

EU Budgetary Control Committee visits Hungary

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Pundits from all across the political spectrum use the visit of the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee to accuse the government and the opposition of corruption. READ MORE