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Fidesz votes deemed crucial in electing von der Leyen

In their first comments on the election of the new President of the European Commission, commentators on both sided of the political divide remark that Ursula von der Leyen would have lost Tuesday’s vote had she not been supported by the 13 Fidesz MEPs.

Left-Jobbik alliance under fire

As PM Orbán and the President of the World Jewish Congress express mutual dismay over the prospect of an electoral alliance between the left-liberal side and Jobbik, commentators reassess the chances of that co-operation.

“Anti-Zionist” rally on the eve of the World Jewish Congress

A left wing commentator welcomes the Prime Minister’s attempts to prevent anti-Semitic demonstrations, although he would prefer clear-cut legislation to ban racist rallies in general. A right-wing columnist believes the Left needs the danger of racism in order to present itself as the only bulwark against barbarism.

Multilateral cooperation urged against anti-Gypsy radicalism

The leading left-wing daily calls on the mainstream moderate parties to work out strategic welfare plans to lift the Roma out of poverty, and by implication, take the wind out of the sails of the radical right-wing Jobbik.

Should Jobbik be banned?

Left-wing columnists ponder whether the far-right party should be banned, after MP Márton Gyöngyösi's anti-Semitic slur, and also what one can expect from the radical party after the incident, which was condemned by all major political parties.

One day of unity against anti-Semitism

Columnists commenting on Sunday's anti-Nazi demonstration wonder if the presence of both left and right-wing politicians is a harbinger of a new consensus to reject anti-Semitism. Both pro-government and left-wing pundits are skeptical about the possibility and the desirability of finding such common ground.

Jewish magazine criticises liberals for opposing Rogán’s presence at anti-racist rally

Szombat (Sabbat) magazine welcomes the presence of Fidesz floor leader Antal Rogán at the demonstration organised in the wake of another anti-Semitic Speech by a far-right MP. (See BudaPost, November 28, 29, and December 1.) The Jewish magazine deplores the fact that some left-liberal authors oppose Mr Rogán’s presence.

Magyar Nemzet urges swifter action against anti-Semitism

The main pro-government daily castigates right-wing politicians for their mild reaction to an anti-Semitic speech by a Jobbik MP and calls on the government and the right wing in general “to wake up.”

All sides condemn Jobbik MP’s anti-Semitic speech: a day of rare party political unity against racism

Commentators unanimously condemn a speech by Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi, who proposed a "survey of MPs and cabinet members of Jewish descent  who represent a risk to national security".