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Can Momentum keep up the momentum?

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Most commentators believe that the governing forces will withdraw Budapest’s Olympic bid, after a new political movement collected almost twice as many signatures as necessary to back a referendum on the subject. They also ponder whether Momentum, after this spectacular success, will become a significant opposition force. READ MORE

Is the Olympic bid doomed?

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

A centrist analyst believes that the cause of the 2024 Budapest Olympic Games is irrevocably lost, as it has lost popular support in the Hungarian capital. He lays the blame on the promoters themselves. READ MORE

Olympics referendum lacks support of Left

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

A left-wing commentator lambasts the MSZP and the DK for criticising the initiators of a referendum on Budapest’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, and accuses them of playing into the government’s hands. READ MORE

Jobbik leader calls for cancellation of residency bonds programme

Friday, October 21st, 2016

A pro-government pundit accuses Jobbik of treason as party leader Gábor Vona makes Jobbik’s support of PM Orbán’s constitutional amendments conditional on scrapping the residence bond scheme. A conservative columnist, on the other hand, thinks that unless Fidesz complies, it will become evident that the governing party has a financial interest in selling Hungarian residence to foreigners. READ MORE

The political landscape after the referendum

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Commentators across the political spectrum ponder the implications of the 2 October quota referendum for the main parties and their mobilization strategies. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s plan to amend the Constitution

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Commentators on the Right and Left disagree on whether or not the Prime Minister’s plan to amend Hungary’s Fundamental Law in order to rule out mandatory EU migrant redistribution reflects the will of the people. READ MORE

First reactions to the quota referendum

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Commenting on the quota referendum results, left-leaning media as well as one conservative daily conclude that the referendum is a defeat for PM Orbán. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, thinks that Fidesz has never mobilized so many voters as in the EU quota referendum. READ MORE

Last arguments before the referendum 

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

On the eve of the referendum on compulsory European migrant quotas, columnists made a last effort to convince the public about the best course to follow. READ MORE

Pros and cons two days before the referendum

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Commentators don’t even agree on whether the question to be put to the population at Sunday’s quota referendum makes sense or not, or what it is actually about. READ MORE

PM Orbán challenged by Vona

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

A left-wing analyst believes Jobbik leader Gábor Vona represents a challenge to the left-wing opposition rather than to the Prime Minister. READ MORE