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Former State Security Minister convicted in first instance

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Commentators agree that it is difficult to interpret a conviction where no information is available to the public, not even the precise nature of the charge. They tend to believe the sentence is either ill-founded or justified, according to their political affiliations. READ MORE

“Socialist Watergate” tape transcripts

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Commentators weigh the possible implications of conversations conducted by Hungary’s counter-espionage chief with a prominent mafioso in 2008, on how the latter could be helpful in discrediting right-wing politicians. READ MORE

A Socialist Watergate?

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Heti Válasz publishes details of an alleged conspiracy between the secret services and a prominent underworld figure under the former Socialist government. READ MORE

‘The crying game’

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

“I am not sure whether everyone has fully grasped yet how serious this is”, comments political scientist Gábor Török on the latest spy scandal. By the time that file is closed, Hungarian democracy will have lost a player. The closet is already full of skeletons – accusations, defamations, and presumptions – but this one starts to look much more serious.” READ MORE

Victims or dominos?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

A spy scandal replete with allegations of wrongdoing against two former heads of Hungary’s counter-espionage service, as well as a former Socialist cabinet minister responsible for supervising the secret services, has provoked conflicting commentaries in the press. All the more so, as the details have been classified as state secrets for the next 78 years. READ MORE