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Government ends anti-Soros billboard campaign

Friday, July 14th, 2017

As the government announces the end of its ad campaign on migration featuring George Soros, debates about Mr Soros’s role roll on. READ MORE

Netanyahu withdraws protest against anti-Soros poster campaign 

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Commentators sharply disagree about whether the government’s anti-immigration ad and billboard campaign depicting George Soros is anti-Semitic or not. 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

PM Orbán summarizes the latest ‘National Consultation’

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The Prime Minister evaluates the 1.7 million answers to the government’s questionnaire as an expression of overwhelming support for his policy of rejecting mass immigration and further supranational European integration, while a left-wing commentator thinks that the questions put to the population were senseless. READ MORE

Soros and the PM exchange Mafia accusations

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

As George Soros depicts the Orbán government as a ‘mafia state’, government politicians including the premier himself describe the NGOs supported by Mr Soros as ‘a mafia network.’ A pro-government columnist fears that anti-government protesters will soon turn violent. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, finds the government’s rhetoric frightening. READ MORE

Reactions to the Manchester terror attack

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

In their first comments on the lethal bombing attack in the Manchester Arena, analysts disagree on whether mass immigration from Muslim countries is a significant element in the rise of Islamist terror. READ MORE

George Soros still on political centre stage

Monday, May 8th, 2017

As the dispute over George Soros and his network rolls on and grows ever more bitter, pro-government weeklies and dailies call for harsh measures to curb the alleged influence of the Hungarian-born philanthropist and his foundations. A left-wing journalist accuses the government of absurd falsifications and fear-mongering. READ MORE

Dispute over ‘open society’ – and its critics

Monday, April 24th, 2017

As Parliament begins to debate a bill on NGOs which receive foreign funding, pundits across the political spectrum discuss the idea of an ‘open society’, an ideal frequently evoked by George Soros, and assess the status and political role of NGOs in Hungary. READ MORE

Prime Minister Orbán’s Easter interviews

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Commenting on PM Orbán’s Easter interviews, a conservative critic of the government thinks that Fidesz has alienated its conservative intellectual supporters. A pro-government commentator shares the PM’s view, when he detects George Soros behind the recent anti-government protests. READ MORE

Weeklies on anti-government demonstrations

Monday, April 17th, 2017

After a week of demonstrations in support of the American-Hungarian Central European University and watchdog NGOs, but before Good Saturdays rally in Szabadság (freedom) square, Hungarian weeklies ponder if the current wave of protest will fatally wound the governing forces or share the fate of previous ad hoc movements and fade away. READ MORE