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Utility tariffs challenged by Brussels

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Magyar Nemzet thinks the government will have a hard time if it wants to heed EU criticism over the utility tariff cuts of the past two years, and at the same time keep tariffs low, as it has promised the electorate. READ MORE

1848 commemorations as campaign events

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The leading left-wing daily excoriates PM Viktor Orbán for drawing a parallel between the 1848 revolution and his government’s achievements. A conservative pundit, on the other hand, criticizes the opposition parties for considering the commemoration a campaign event. READ MORE

Closing remarks on 2013

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

In their traditional New Year columns, left and right-wing dailies alike agree that Fidesz is the probable winner of the next elections, but that prospect does not make them equally happy. READ MORE

Utility tariff cuts – a magic campaign weapon

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

A popular analyst suggests that the campaign around utility tariff cuts may well guarantee PM Orbán’s victory in next year’s elections. READ MORE

Utility tariff cuts as campaign tools

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Commenting on the government’s plan to transform the energy and utility providers into non-profit services, a left-wing and a centrist columnist accuse the government of welfare populism. A right-wing pundit, on the other hand, believes that the Socialists want to increase their popularity by creating a fully welfare dependent constituency. READ MORE

Government plans to convert forex debt, cut utility tariffs

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

A centrist-liberal commentator accuses the government of hindering economic growth in an effort to increase its popularity before next year’s election. Another determined critic of the government thinks the scheme will work because it meets well established public expectations. READ MORE

Government to take over energy providers

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Népszabadság suggests foreign companies may be convinced that Fidesz will win next year’s parliamentary elections – hence the readiness of some to sell their utility shares to the state. READ MORE

Against austerity

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

A right-wing economist contends that Europe should follow the example of the BRIC countries and help the middle classes kick start economic growth. His left-wing counterpart defends the welfare state and warns against mindless austerity. READ MORE

Opposition not yet in combat mode

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

A popular political analyst suggests that the opposition is too busy settling its own internal rivalries to successfully counter the government’s public relations offensive and to increase its own rating. READ MORE

Irritation over constitutional amendments and tariff cuts

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Népszabadság sees a communications trap in the Prime Minister’s decision to hold talks about utility tariff cuts on the day when Parliament had to vote on 22 amendments to the Basic Law. Magyar Nemzet argues that the domestic and international uproar is motivated by “something else”, rather than constitutional concerns. READ MORE