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March 15 kicks off the electoral campaign

Commentators continue to analyse the Prime Minister’s speech on the anniversary of the 1848 revolution, and the chances of the fragmented opposition in the forthcoming parliamentary election.

PM Orbán’s speech at Kötcse on 9/11

Commentators agree that our lives will never be the same as they were before 2001, but disagree on PM Orbán’s speech on the anniversary.

Competing claims for ’56

On the 58th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution, commentators tend to claim the sole inheritance of the revolution for their own political families and deem the opposing side unworthy of the memory of the anti-Soviet uprising.

Opposition losing ground before the election run-up

Various commentators – including even some who otherwise deem the government’s performance appalling – believe that the opposition hardly stands a chance at the elections scheduled for next spring.

U.S. Embassy condemns Horthy celebration

A pro-government daily suggests that the warning issued by the US Embassy in Budapest over the Horthy statue amounts to interference in Hungarian politics. An opposition commentator blames the government for what he calls a new low in Hungarian-American relations.

Remembering József Antall

A moderate right-wing columnist and a renowned sociologist believe that the former Prime Minister – who would have turned 80 this weekend – was the last old style Hungarian gentleman, while a liberal author remembers him as a dull speaker and a basically inept politician.

Tempest over a Budapest theatre

Left wing columnists are united in condemning a decision by the mayor of Budapest to appoint actor György Dörner as head of Új Színház (New Theater). They focus on what they regard as the low professional level of Mr Dörner's application, and his political support of the extreme right. A ...

Radical right-wingers get their theatre

A popular liberal blogger reacts ironically to the appointment of a radical right wing actor as director of a small Budapest theatre, describing it as a selfless decision in favour of the mentally deranged. A leading moderate conservative commentator cautions against possible negative consequences.

It’s getting hotter

Political tensions within the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) have become ever more visible in the last few days. "The party has set out on the road of political self-mutilation" suggests political analyst Gábor Török in his blog. Should the Socialists split, he concludes, the real winner would be the governing ...