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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

’56 commemorations interrupted by whistling

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Commentators see the incidents in front of the Parliament building on the anniversary of the 1956 revolution as signs of a deep division within Hungarian society. READ MORE

Leader leaves teachers’ protest movement

Friday, September 30th, 2016

A left-wing analyst blames the opposition for being unable to capitalise on protest movements in different sectors of the economy. READ MORE

A new round of teachers’ protests

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

As teachers organize a full day strike demanding education reforms and higher salaries, a pro-government and a left-wing commentator agree that it is unlikely that teachers will achieve their aims. READ MORE

Teachers’ protest movement may run out of steam

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Ahead of next Wednesday’s (20 April) national teacher’s strike, Népszabadság worries that ordinary people are increasingly baffled by the protests which follow one another in rapid succession. Magyar Nemzet agrees, while Magyar Idők claims people are fed up with the movement. READ MORE