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Deputy PM plagiarism scandal

An independent conservative blogger dismisses Deputy PM Zsolt Semjén's claim that he did not violate any written rules when copying large parts of his 1992 doctoral dissertation from other sources without attribution.

Former Socialist prime minister, Ferenc Gyurcsány suspected of plagiarism

A leading right-wing columnist accuses the Hungarian left-wing media and blogosphere of double standards after HírTV, a right wing television channel, revealed that Ferenc Gyurcsány’s Teachers College thesis could be a copy of his former brother-in-law’s. Népszabadság, meanwhile, claims that HírTV is “going after Gyurcsány”.

Schmitt leaves a controversy behind

Columnists draw conflicting conclusions from President Pál Schmitt’s resignation.

President Schmitt mocked

In his sarcastic weekly editorial column, the editor of Magyar Narancs cautions against forcing Hungary’s President to resign.

Rumours about Schmitt’s resignation: the President of Hungary in Christian Wulff’s footsteps?

Speculation about the impending resignation of Pál Schmitt continues in the press, as both the Government and the Office of the President maintain their silence about the plagiarism scandal.

President accused of plagiarism

Commentators on the left and in the centre of the political spectrum wonder whether  President Pál Schmitt can stay in office, after Heti Világgazdaság accused him of plagiarising a significant part of his doctoral dissertation, submitted in 1992.

Is Victor Ponta applying Viktor Orbán’s recipe?

Commentators across the political spectrum ponder possible parallels between the practices of the prime ministers of Hungary and Romania. Those on the left think that although Ponta follows a recipe devised by Orbán, the Romanian PM has not initiated a fully-fledged offensive against democratic institutions. Right-wing pundits, on the other ...

President clings to his seat

Whatever their political affiliations, Hungary's daily newspapers are united in regretting  President Pál Schmitt's refusal to resign, despite being stripped of his doctoral title by the Semmelweis University in Budapest.

President misses opportunity to save his dignity

The two leading dailies contend that President Pál Schmitt should have resigned after a fact-finding committee identified academic dishonesty in his doctoral thesis. A left-wing analyst, on the other hand, hopes that Schmitt will stay in office to remind Hungarians of the moral bankruptcy of the Orbán government.

President’s thesis mostly copied

Commentators from across the political spectrum are trying to make sense of a report released by the fact-finding committee investigating whether President Pál Schmitt was guilty of plagiarism in his 1992 doctoral thesis. Commentators from both the right and the left believe that the President should step down.