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March 15 celebrations as campaign events

March 17th, 2022

A pro-government and a left-wing columnist comment on the 15 March celebrations. Both express confidence in the victory of their own camp in the coming election.

In Magyar Nemzet, László Szentesi Zöldi comments on the pro-government ‘Peace Walk’ on March 15. He contends that the April election is a ‘matter of national death and life’. Following the heritage of the 1848 revolution, supporters of the Orbán government are showing their strength and want to defend their country from ‘the cruel and dilettante’ opposition who would ‘make Hungarians slaves in their own homeland’, the pro-government commentator believes.

Népszava’s Miklós Hargitai finds it reassuring that opposition leaders focused on the Ukraine war in their March 15 speeches. The left-wing columnist thinks that the Ukraine war IS completely rewriting political realities in Hungary, and presenting the opposition with a chance to defeat Fidesz, which, according to Hargitai,, would have been very unlikely without the Russian offensive. Hargitai is confident that the current crisis is helping the opposition claim that the government’s ‘Eastern opening’ and energy politics make Hungary defenceless against Russia.