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Record GDP growth in 2018


Commenting on the official announcement which puts the growth of Hungary’s Gross Domestic Product at 4.8 per cent last year, commentators predict a moderate slowdown, while recognising that the growth figures eventually surpassed even the optimistic forecasts. READ MORE

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Conflicting assessments of the PM’s ’baby boom plan’


Left-wing analysts suggest the Prime Minister’s 7 point ’family protection plan’ is aimed at taking back the political initiative, while a pro-government pundit thinks it opens a new paradigm – and not just in Hungary. READ MORE

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Hopes for a compromise on science reform


As the government endorses a compromise proposed by a group of conservative professors to bridge the controversy over the planned reform of research, opinions continue to clash over the planned changes. READ MORE

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Mike Pompeo’s visit to Budapest


The left-wing nationwide daily reports that Hungary has soothed Washington’s concerns over Russian and Chinese ‘penetration’ with promises to boost economic and military cooperation with the United States. READ MORE

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PM Orbán’s State of Hungary Address


Pro-government columnists praise the Prime Minister’s cash and loan package incentives to generate what he hopes will be a ‘baby boom’ as an unprecedented effort to overcome demographic decline. Business sites suggest that many details of the plan still have to be worked out.  READ MORE

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Controversy over research reform plans


As the government plans a radical overhaul of the structure of scientific research, a historian critical of the government calls for a concerted protest against those plans, while his pro-government colleague accuses him of harbouring anti-democratic intentions. READ MORE

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Angela Merkel meets V4 leaders


Pro-government columnists commenting on the Bratislava summit disagree on whether German Chancellor Merkel has joined the Visegrád leaders in their stance against mass migration to Europe. READ MORE

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Donald Trump’s State of the Union address


A left-wing and a conservative columnist offer diametrically opposed interpretations of President Trump’s State of the Union address. READ MORE

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Magyar Idők published as Magyar Nemzet


Four years after its transformation into a government-critical daily, and nine month after it was closed down, Magyar Nemzet has been relaunched by the editors of Magyar Idők. It is practically Magyar Idők with just the title being changed. The new Magyar Nemzet claims that it will stand for national sovereignty. A left-wing critic believes it will function as a government mouthpiece. READ MORE

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Hungary threatens to block EU-Arab League deal


As Hungary blocks the proposed agreement between the EU and the Arab League, a pro-government columnist accuses the EU of trying to force the UN Migration Pact on Hungary. READ MORE

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