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Housing subsidy scheme kicks off

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Two conservative economists welcome the government’s plan to reverse unfavourable demographic trends through a lavish home subsidy scheme. A left-wing analyst thinks that the government’s proposal will be available only for middle class families and will thus entrench inequality. READ MORE

Details of large scale home subsidy plan announced

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

A left-wing commentator fears that the government’s plan to offer a subsidy of 10 million forints for young families will entrench poverty. His conservative counterpart calls such fears outright ridiculous. READ MORE

Welfare in focus on Labour Day

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Commentators on both Left and Right make fun of promises of increases in welfare payments by left-wing and far-right parties. READ MORE

The growing economic importance of the Roma

Friday, February 20th, 2015

A conservative Roma pundit predicts that Hungary’s Roma will soon become a key economic force. He believes that targeting Roma consumers may open up new lucrative business opportunities in several sectors. READ MORE

The poverty blame-game

Monday, December 8th, 2014

A left-wing columnist quotes a hoax message which is spreading across the internet to accuse the government of ignoring growing poverty. His pro-government counterpart, on the other hand, believes that the Left is trying to give the false impression that poverty appeared under only the current government. READ MORE

Conflicting dogmas on Roma integration

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

A conservative columnist blames the exclusion of the Roma on what he calls “the culture of poverty” rather than on discrimination by the majority. His left-wing counterpart finds it peculiar that the Right would expect those living in deprivation and exclusion to fight prejudice. READ MORE

Far right advance due to flawed economic model

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

An economist warns that Jobbik is the only political party that has managed to raise the real problems most poor people face in their day to day lives, although it has not offered any viable solutions. The government is trying to get rid of a flawed model of economic development, he believes, but the Left mistakenly interprets that effort as a drive to restore Communism. READ MORE

Post-Christmas ruminations on poverty

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Left-wing columnists accuse the government of ignoring growing poverty. Their pro-government counterpart believes that the opposition is trying to politically exploit the poor, having done nothing to improve their lot while they were in government. READ MORE

Is Orbán a social democrat?

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Right-wing commentators contend that PM Orbán’s vision is closer to social democratic ideals than the policies of past socialist-liberal governments. Left-wing pundits, on the other hand, accuse Fidesz of favoring the rich instead of supporting those in need. READ MORE

Right-wing takes on well-being

Monday, December 16th, 2013

A pro-government columnist pondering the latest opinion poll on public trust contends that the Orbán government has restored some of the authority democratic institutions lost under past left-wing governments. Another conservative pundit accuses the left of alarmism which strengthens negative attitudes in the country. READ MORE