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Prime Minister Orbán meets Marine Le Pen


A left-wing commentator remarks that Marine Le Pen has tried to repair her party’s hitherto poor image as an antidemocratic force, while on the other hand Prime Minister Orbán is doing the opposite – seeking new allies on the far right, after leaving the more centrist European People’s Party. A pro-government columnist rejects the view of a Socialist MEP that Mr Orbán is teaming up with an unpalatable politician. READ MORE

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Former Jobbik leader on chances of opposition


Gábor Vona believes that the opposition parties face tough battles ahead which could jeopardize their unity. Such challenges will prevail even if they win the April election. READ MORE

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1956 in 2021


In their speeches on October 23, both Prime Minister Orbán and the leaders of the opposition claimed that they are the true heirs of the 1956 freedom fighters. READ MORE

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Opposition-leaning weeklies on Márki-Zay as candidate for PM


Left-wing and liberal commentators warmly welcome Márki-Zay as the opposition front-runner in next year’s parliamentary election but worry if he will be able to keep the disparate forces of the opposition united during the forthcoming six months. READ MORE

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Pro-government weeklies on the anti-Gyurcsány movie film


Pro-government film producer Gábor Kálomista’s new thriller on the street clashes and brutal police clampdown before and on the anniversary of the 1956 revolution in 2006 is proving a great success among the pro-government public. 15 years after the controversial events took place with Ferenc Gyurcsány as Prime Minister, remembering those days has been one of the main themes of this year’s celebration of the anniversary on the government side. (For the 2006 riots, see e.g., BudaPost, September 5, 2011.) READ MORE

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65 after 56


On the 65th anniversary of the 1956 revolution, a left-wing commentator and his right-wing counterpart draw diametrically opposing lessons for the present from the history of the popular uprising. READ MORE

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Márki-Zay gathers support among intellectuals


Critics of both the government and of the opposition parties welcome the result of the opposition primary but wonder what the programme of the centrist candidate for Prime Minister will be and how he will put it through. READ MORE

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Márky-Zay wants a base in future Parliament


A conservative columnist believes new fault-lines may appear within the opposition, as their newly elected candidate for Prime Minister asks for civic candidates to be included on the joint opposition electoral list next year. A left-liberal commentator thinks Fidesz is taking the threat of opposition victory in 2022 seriously. READ MORE

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Reactions to the opposition primary from the pro-Fidesz camp


Critics of the opposition ruminate on what the government side should do after Péter Márki-Zay, an outsider, managed to defeat opposition party leaders and become Prime Minister Orbán’s challenger in next April’s parliamentary elections. READ MORE

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Outsider Márki-Zay wins opposition primary


In their first comments after Péter Márki-Zay’s victory was announced late on Sunday night, left-liberal commentators think his unexpected success gives new hope to those Hungarians who want to vote the incumbent government out of office next April. READ MORE

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