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A defence of ‘populism’

Friday, December 1st, 2017

A conservative political analyst criticises the propensity of what he calls ‘technocratic political movements’ to label their opponents with popular ideas as populist. Such technocratic language, he suggests, is no less demagogic than the populist rhetoric against which they protest. READ MORE

A left-wing defence of populism

Friday, October 27th, 2017

A left-wing economist debunks what he calls a self-complacent liberal theory whereby liberals fail in Hungary because the populace is backward, unlike the liberal élites themselves who match the high standards of western-type democracy. READ MORE

An analysis on political polarization

Friday, March 24th, 2017

A left-wing sociologist thinks that emotional and radical political mobilization are the only games in town, and both Left and Right can only hope to make an impression on the public by sending simplified and populist messages. READ MORE

Weeklies on Donald Trump, 45th president of the US

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Commentators unanimously predict that Donald Trump will bring something entirely new into American and world politics, but disagree on whether to welcome or fear that novelty. READ MORE

2016: A bitter year for the Left

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

In their end of the year opinion pieces, left-wing columnists paint a sad picture of the state of the world and Hungary within it. READ MORE

Conservative pundits on the populist tide

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Conservative columnists discuss why Donald Trump is popular on the Hungarian Right. They agree that the Republican president-elect wants to reach out to voters abandoned by mainstream parties.They also think that Donald Trump will only reform democracy rather than bring it down. READ MORE

Ruminations on the state of democracy

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Two analysts ponder the dangers of elitism and anti-establishment populism. Despite their ideological differences, both agree that elitism threatens democracy. READ MORE

The Left’s failure to promise welfare

Monday, August 15th, 2016

A left-wing columnist lambasts the Left for ignoring or even ridiculing everyday voters’ need for economic security and stability. He warns that in the absence of meaningful left-wing proposals on welfare, people will turn to right-wing populist parties. READ MORE

Conflicting takes on Greece

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

A liberal author warns that if Greece’s new anti-austerity leaders choose to keep their electoral promises, they will end up plunging their country into misery. A right-wing commentator agrees with a Marxist philosopher in believing that the victory of Syriza may bring renewal throughout Europe. READ MORE

The Greek crisis and Hungary

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Népszabadság warns that the possibility of electoral victories by new, anti-establishment movements in southern Europe makes the future of the Euro-zone increasingly uncertain. Hungary’s adoption of the common currency may thus be postponed to the distant future. READ MORE