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Pröhle ‘will keep his seat’


A conservative critic of the government believes political skirmishes are often petty personal showdowns. As an example, he quotes the attacks on the director of the Budapest Literary Museum who, to his knowledge was personally defended by PM Orbán. READ MORE

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Gender row rolls on


After a few critical remarks from conservative commentators, the government’s plan to ban gender studies MA courses is now splitting the media along the usual political divide. Opposition columnists call the planned decree dictatorial, while pro-government authors deem gender studies a useless subject. READ MORE

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Sweden joins EC in court case against Hungary


A pro-government columnist finds it strange for an EU member country to intervene against another in an infringement suit and thinks that the  action of the Swedish government was prompted by internal political considerations. READ MORE

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Dispute over gender studies


As the government proposes to cancel the accreditation of gender studies university degree programs, left-wing and liberal pundits accuse it of ideologically driven interference in higher education. Conservative commentators are divided on the proposed ban. READ MORE

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Conservative poet calls for cultural renewal


A pro-government poet blames the drop in sales of books of literature on what he calls the elitism which dominates the literary field, and proposes that the national interest should be the priority in literature too. READ MORE

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State Audit Office criticizes hospitals


As the head of the State Audit Office accuses hospitals of wasteful and corrupt practices, commentators on Right and Left wonder if the government will have the courage to reform the inefficient and less than transparent health care management system. READ MORE

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BMW to open factory in Debrecen


A left-wing columnist fears that the new BMW factory announced in Debrecen will not benefit Hungary. A pro-government economist finds such suggestions absurd, and welcomes the opening of the new car plant. READ MORE

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Opposition accused of distorting emigration data


A pro-government columnist accuses the opposition parties of falsifying emigration statistics in order to criticize the government. READ MORE

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PM Orbán’s success explained


A left-wing sociologist believes that Mr Orbán’s success is due to the popularity of illiberal populist politics in the wider world READ MORE

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Fidesz dominates the media landscape


After the ‘recapture’ of HírTV’ by the government side, left-wing commentators paint a bleak picture of the Hungarian media landscape, while a pro-government author lays the blame at the door of the tycoon who lured conservative journalists into his anti-Orbán offensive and then left them in the lurch. READ MORE

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