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Light optimism and deep scepticism after the Minsk talks

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Commentators wonder if the agreement reached by Europe, Russia and Ukraine in Minsk can be implemented and if it can prevent the escalation of the Ukraine crisis. READ MORE

Prospects of reconciliation in Ukraine

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Commentators on both Left and Right fear that unless Europe convinces the US not to send arms to Ukraine, the crisis may soon escalate into a full-blown war or an increasingly bloody civil war. READ MORE

New US ambassador arrives in Budapest

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Commentators on both the Right and Left believe that US-Hungarian diplomatic relations are unlikely to improve significantly once the new US Ambassador Colleen Bell takes up her duties in Budapest. READ MORE

Hungary’s foreign policy in focus

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

A liberal columnist contends that the US is pressurizing Hungary in order to protect its own geopolitical interests. Centrist and liberal conservative commentators warn of the consequences of diplomatic isolation and call for reconciliation with the US and the EU. A liberal weekly speculates that PM Orbán is already on his way out of the EU and NATO. READ MORE

Ruminations on the Ukrainian Parliamentary election

Friday, October 31st, 2014

A conservative columnist commenting on the Ukrainian Parliamentary election predicts that the euphoria will soon recede and the new democratically elected government will have to do its best in order to normalize the country and strengthen democratic stability. READ MORE

NATO force deployment in Eastern Europe

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Following NATO’s decision to set up rapid response force bases in Eastern Europe, left-wing commentators believe that the Orbán government will have to join the West and stand up to Russia. READ MORE

Fears of Ukraine escalation

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

A Marxist philosopher believes that President Putin’s suggestion to federalize Ukraine could help solve the crisis, but it is unlikely that it will be accepted by Western powers. A right-wing columnist accuses the US of trying to plunder Russia. A conservative commentator calls for increased military spending. READ MORE

Reflections on new EU leaders

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Analysts from both right and left agree that European leaders wanted to send strong symbolic messages through the appointment of Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini to top EU jobs. A conservative columnist believes Polish PM Tusk’s appointment is good news for Hungary. His left-wing counterpart cautions the Left against harsh anti-Russian rhetoric. READ MORE

The crisis in Ukraine and the changing geopolitical order

Monday, August 25th, 2014

A left-wing commentator believes that a new cold war is breaking out between Russia and the West, and Hungary cannot continue a foreign policy which involves sleeping in both camps. A conservative analyst warns that a compromise between the great powers is becoming ever more unlikely as time passes. Another pro-government commentator calls for the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia. READ MORE

Hungary accused of selling weapons to Ukraine

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

As Moscow accuses Hungary of arming Ukraine, a pro-government columnist calls for caution in foreign affairs. According to a conservative commentator and a moderate online news site, on the other hand, the false accusations show that Hungary’s attempt at maintaining a balanced approach in foreign affairs has been a failure.