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Prospects of the Left

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

A left-wing columnist suggests that the Left should reorganize itself from the grassroots – rather than through the existing political parties, if it ever intends to successfully challenge the government. READ MORE

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

High school students demonstrate for education reforms

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

A student in the leading pro-government daily claims that high school students who demand the reform of the education system have no credible ideas and serve the interest of the opposition parties. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, finds the students’ demands legitimate and reasonable. READ MORE

Jobbik as the central theme of year-end politics

Monday, December 18th, 2017

As the Jobbik party stands accused of illicit campaign financing, columnists on Left and Right ponder the impact of its billboard-financing controversy on party politics and electoral chances. READ MORE

Rival narratives of provocation and violence

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

As the government and the opposition side trade accusations about alleged plans to provoke violence, a pro-government and a centrist commentator ponder the likelihood of a violent autumn. READ MORE

Pro-government analyst debunks electoral reform demand

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

In a detailed analysis of the Hungarian electoral system, a leading pro-government expert rejects recent accusations that it is undemocratic. READ MORE

Activists demand electoral reform

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

A liberal author compares the new movement demanding electoral reform to the Momentum movement supporting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Great Britain. READ MORE

Debate on unruly demonstrators

Friday, April 21st, 2017

A left-wing columnist defends demonstrators who throw paint as public buildings, on the grounds that they ‘have no other means to express their anger.’ A pro-government commentator thinks that everyone has the right to protest but only as long as they obey the law and respect public order. READ MORE

Demonstrations in Budapest

Friday, April 14th, 2017

After the fourth anti-government demonstration in four days, commentators express strongly diverging views on their significance.  They agree, however, that the protests in Budapest are unlikely to turn into something like the ’colour revolutions’ in former Soviet republics. READ MORE

Pro-CEU Demonstration in Budapest

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

The main pro-government outlet condemns Sunday’s mass demonstration in Budapest as a move inspired by the ‘Soros empire against the government’, while a leading left-wing commentator thinks that, over and beyond the future of CEU, what is at stake is Hungary’s membership of the European Union. READ MORE