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Hungarian parties lose ground in Slovakia

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Hungarian newspapers try to make sense of the chaotic political situation after the elections in Slovakia, and ponder what it means for relations between the two countries. READ MORE

Prospects of Central European regional partnership

Friday, July 4th, 2014

As Hungary passes the rotating presidency of the Visegrád 4 cooperation scheme to Slovakia, a conservative columnist finds it disappointing that the V4 group has mostly failed to create a close Central European regional partnership. Another right-wing pundit and his left-wing counterpart, however, believe that the Orbán government is doing its best to improve its ties with neighbouring states, although it does not always succeed. READ MORE

Ethnic Hungarian abortion rate high in Slovakia

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

The Bratislava-based Hungarian daily warns that the relatively high abortion figures in the southern districts of Slovakia may indicate a deep moral crisis among ethnic Hungarians. READ MORE

Orbán’s left-wing followers

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

A young conservative blogger has noticed that left-wing leaders in neighbouring countries tend to emulate PM Viktor Orbán’s “unorthodox” economic policies. READ MORE

Another ECJ trial lost: Slovakia can call its wine Tokaj

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Népszabadság disagrees with the ruling of the European Court of Justice, but suggests Hungary should try to agree with Slovakia on Tokaj wine standards. READ MORE

Consternation over EU Court ruling in Hungary vs Slovakia

Monday, October 1st, 2012

A right-wing commentator finds it strange that while the European Court rejected Hungary’s complaint against the Slovak refusal three years ago to let President László Sólyom attend a ceremony on Slovak territory, the European Commission and Parliament do not feel competent in the case of the post war Beneš decrees, which declared Hungarians collectively guilty. READ MORE

Are the ’unorthodox’ economic measures becoming mainstream?

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

A right-wing commentator, echoing the government’s claims, believes that the Orbán government’s widely criticised ’unorthodox’ economic measures are being copied by various European countries. A centrist online news site, however, finds such comparisons unconvincing. READ MORE

Dual Slovak-Hungarian citizenship still a problem

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

PM Orbán has a tough job ahead if he wants to foster Central European co-operation, while Slovakia is bent on taking new discriminatory measures against ethnic Hungarians. READ MORE

Lessons of the Slovak elections

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Commentators seem to agree that Hungarians in Slovakia are among the losers of the Parliamentary election there. Some blame what they call the Orbán government’s wrong-headed cross-border policies; others believe the new inter-ethnic party is at fault. READ MORE

Hungarians upset by the opinion of the European Court

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Commentators from across the political spectrum are upset by the opinion of the Advocate General of the European Court who has suggested that Slovakia did not violate EU law by banning László Sólyom, the President of Hungary from entering Slovakia in 2009. READ MORE