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TI publishes corruption perception index

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

An independent conservative columnist takes Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index at face value and accuses the government of institutionalized corruption. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, accuses TI of serving the interest of investors rather than offering a fair assessment. READ MORE

National Bank foundations make their accounts public

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

As the National Bank’s foundations publish their expenditure reports, the leading left-wing daily accuses the National Bank leadership and the government of the “naked theft” of public funds. READ MORE

Brussels suspends social infrastructure fund payments

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

As the European Commission decides to withhold structural funds, a left-wing commentator fears that Hungarian taxpayers will have to pay billions of Forints if the projects are rejected by the EU. READ MORE

Dispute over “neo-Machiavellian” governance

Monday, July 27th, 2015

In the leading conservative daily, a commentator accuses the government of surrendering its principles in pursuit of power. A columnist in a rival conservative paper dismisses this accusation and claims that Fidesz is acting in accordance with a conservative and democratic vision.​ READ MORE

Freedom of information law criticised

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The leading left-wing daily contends that the government has amended the information act in order to weaken transparency and curtail the right of the opposition to unveil corruption. READ MORE

Paks nuclear deal

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

In its latest cautiously critical editorial, the formerly staunchly pro-government daily suggests the need for more transparency over the Russian-Hungarian deal on the enlargement of the Paks nuclear power station. READ MORE

Paks nuclear deal completed

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

As the government completes the Paks nuclear deal agreement, the leading left-wing daily demands more transparency. A conservative analyst claims that only nuclear power plants can provide the cheap energy Hungary needs. READ MORE

The tobacco shop scandal and the election game

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

An independent analyst writes that until the tobacco shop scandal emerged, Fidesz could set the political agenda. But as recent events have shown, it cannot feel safe. This is the kind of issue which can turn many voters against them, even a few days before the elections. READ MORE

Transparency restrictions criticised

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

A centre-right columnist finds that the new amendment to the Freedom of Information Act is a grave mistake, but he discloses that he was told by inside sources that the real reason behind it was not to cover up the tobacco shop concession-scandal. READ MORE