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Mária Schmidt reads László Rajk Jr’s memoirs

A conservative historian criticizes László Rajk Jr. whom she findsmore critical towards the incumbent government than towards the communist dictatorship.

A travelogue on PM Orbán’s visit to China

A member of the delegation that accompanied the Prime Minister to China to attend the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative describes her positive impressions there.

Ruminations on Ukraine war

Right-wing commentators contend that the war in Ukraine is unlikely to end unless the US makes a U-turn. A left-wing commentator is confident that Russia will lose the war.

PM Orbán attends Gorbachev’s funeral

A pro-government and a left-wing commentator agree that PM Orbán made the right decision to honour Mikhail Gorbachev by attending his funeral, while other Western leaders failed to do so.

Remembering Mikhail Gorbachev

A conservative historian and a left-wing pundit agree that Hungarians and Central Europeans should be thankful to Mikhail Gorbachev, without whom a peaceful democratic transition and independence from the Soviet empire would not have been possible.

Hungary beats England in UEFA Nations League

A left-wing columnist finds it sad that children Hungary - England match jeered when the English team took the knee. A conservative historian wonders if kids wanted to express their discontent with English colonial arrogance.

Partial opposition walkout from inaugural session

A prominent pro-government historian condemns the decision by many opposition MPs, who walked out of the first session of Parliament after taking their oaths of office.

Hungarians still overwhelmingly support the EU

An influential pro-government historian believes membership in the European Union is felt by Hungarians as a kind of compensation after Soviet rule. As long as the EU remains a union of sovereign states, she writes, it will not disintegrate.

Film Academy Award for István Szabó

A conservative historian finds it nauseating that the Hungarian Film Academy, funded by the state, decided to award the Oscar winner film director István Szabó, who as an informer actively helped the Communist secret police in the late 1950s.

CEU’s last graduation ceremony in Budapest

As the Central European University bids farewell to Hungary, right-wing commentators liken ideas expressed by CEU representatives  to colonialist and even Nazi and Communist thinking. They consider CEU’s departure as ‘good riddance’. A Marxist philosopher charges the government with the imposition of ideological absolutism.