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Jobbik leader ready to apologize to Jews and Roma

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Both a pro-government commentator and a liberal analyst doubt if Jobbik leader Gábor Vona can convincingly distance himself and his party from Jobbik’s earlier extremist statements concerning Jews and Roma. READ MORE

Jobbik MP suggests suffrage based on educational achievement

Monday, August 7th, 2017

After a prominent Jobbik MP suggested that people who have not completed eight years of basic schooling should not be allowed to vote, commentators agree that the proposal is out of touch with modern times, but might be revealing about just how far Jobbik’s move to the centre has gone. READ MORE

Government to reform primary education

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

A conservative Roma rights activist welcomes the government’s proposal to introduce a mandatory pre-school year to help the integration of children from poor families. READ MORE

The Roma and the quota referendum

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

A Roma rights activist accuses the government of trying to blackmail Roma to vote at the quota referendum, whilst using anti-Romani stereotypes to mobilize non-Roma. A regional Gypsy leader, on the other hand argues that the arrival of masses of migrants would represent a threat to Roma communities. READ MORE

Zsolt Bayer awarded the Knight’s Cross

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The leading left-wing daily accuses the government of institutionalizing racist language by rewarding the controversial journalist Zsolt Bayer with one of Hungary’s highest state orders. A conservative columnist, on the other hand, ridicules a protest by a growing number of former nominees who have returned their awards. READ MORE

A conservative take on Jobbik’s moderate stance

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Commenting on the re-election of Gábor Vona as party leader, a Hungarian-American investor in the leading pro-government daily dismisses Jobbik’s shift to the centre as ‘a mere stunt’ intended to deceive moderate voters.
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Racist serial killers’ life sentence

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Commenting on the life sentence handed down to three extreme right-wing recist serial killers, the leading left-wing daily accuses the general public of apathy towards the death of six fellow citizens. READ MORE

Budapest Court of Appeal upholds life sentence for racist murderers

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

A left-wing columnist fears that the possibility of further appeal by the murderers of Roma families will weaken trust in Hungarian courts. A conservative commentator wonders why the involvement of the secret services under the Gyurcsány government was not investigated. READ MORE

Nyíregyháza Roma neighbourhood school cleared of segregation

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Left-wing papers fume against the Kúria (Supreme Court), after it overruled previous verdicts that doomed a Gypsy school in Eastern Hungary to closure, because most of its pupils are of Roma ethnic background. A conservative author welcomes the verdict. READ MORE

Vona deradicalizes Jobbik

Monday, April 20th, 2015

As Jobbik leader Gábor Vona promises to prune out racist elements from his party, columnists wonder if Jobbik can be transformed into a moderate party without losing the support of its radical core. READ MORE