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Admiral Horthy’s bust defaced in Budapest


In the wake of the movement to topple statues in the United States and in Western Europe, a woman poured red paint on the bust of the interwar Regent. A Conservative analyst warns against arbitrary gestures towards history.

Horthy anniversary revives history debate


A left-wing pundit accuses the government of following in the footsteps of the interwar authoritarian regime, while a right-wing author calls Horthy an incorruptible patriot.

Jobbik’s Horthy memorial march


Népszabadság suggests that the far-right party is celebrating the rule and person of Admiral Horthy in order to provoke condemnation and thereby find a place on the TV news. 

A Marxist philosopher on Horthy and capitalism


Addressing both liberal and conservative critics of last week’s Horthy commemoration, Gáspár Miklós Tamás, a well-known leftist philosopher ridicules those who confine their criticism of the interwar era to anti-Semitism alone.

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.

Storm blows on around Horthy statue


A centre-right commentator argues that instead of erecting new statues to Horthy, his era should be evaluated by historians. The Hungarian Reform Church has declared that a right-wing pastor’s key role in the celebration will be investigated.

Jobbik’s Horthy memorial march


Népszabadság suggests that the far-right party is celebrating the rule and person of Admiral Horthy in order to provoke condemnation and thereby find a place on the TV news.

A judge’s approach to the vandalisation of Horthy’s statue


Right-wing commentators are appalled by the statement of a judge who convicted but at the same time praised a protester for damaging a statue recently erected to Hungary’s interwar ruler. Left-wing analysts welcome the judge’s position and disagree with the Vice President of the Supreme Court, who scolded his colleague ...

Pleas for a more balanced approach to the Horthy renaissance


After an angry and passionate exchange of opinions about a supposed revival of the cult of Miklós Horthy, leading columnists from both left and right call for a less opinionated approach, and caution against the over-politicized simplification and distortion of controversial and sensitive historical issues.

For and against Horthy


An editorial in Népszabadság protests against what it calls an emerging cult around Miklós Horthy, Regent of Hungary in the interwar years and during the Second World War. A right-wing commentator argues that left wing historians and columnists attack Horthy in an attempt to hurt Viktor Orbán.