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MOL CEO sentenced in Zagreb


An independent conservative fact-finding journalist accuses the Croatian justice system of condemning the CEO of the Hungarian Oil and Gas multinational on trumped up charges.

Botka makes peace with Molnár


A left-wing columnist excoriates the leaders of the MSZP for wasting time waging internal wars rather than channelling social discontent and representing a credible alternative to the incumbent government.

PM shields MOL CEO


Népszabadság thinks the Croatian move to put the Chief Executive Officer of Hungary’s oil and gas multinational on the international wanted list was too rude for the Hungarian government to tolerate in silence. The Prime Minister has been practically forced to stand behind Mr Hernádi.

Hungarian-Croatian dispute over MOL oil company


As the Hungarian government joins the dispute between Croatia and the MOL oil company, left-wing and centrist commentators believe that the Orbán government could defend the national interest abroad only by completely contradicting its own rhetoric against foreign investors present in the Hungarian energy sector.

Croatian prosecutor to interrogate MOL chief as a suspect


Népszabadság thinks Hungary will not be able to prevent the Croatian authorities from interrogating and eventually indicting MOL Ceo Zsolt Hernádi.

MOL CEO likely to be cleared of Croatian charges


Magyar Nemzet believes the corruption charges against the CEO of Hungary’s oil giant were part of the Croatian election campaign and will be dropped soon after the elections.

Athletics World Championship hangs in the (political) balance


A right-wing pundit accuses the Mayor of Budapest of high treason for his suggestion to withdraw Budapest’s offer to host the 2023 Athletic World Championship. A leftist commentator sees the Mayor’s move as reversible, depending on the destiny of the ‘Student City’ project, competing for the same area with a ...

The Prime Minister’s video on media freedom


A left-wing site dismisses the Prime Minister’s argument that the abundance of outlets harshly critical of his government is vivid proof of a free press in Hungary. A pro-government outlet takes the attempted murder of a Dutch journalist as an indication that The Netherlands has problems with media freedom.

Socialists expel former leaders


As the Socialist Party expels its former chairman and vice chairman, a left-wing weekly expects a series of defections in protest.

Government tables anti-pedophile bill


Commentators disagree on amendments to the penal code proposing stricter punishments for pedophiles. Child abusers will be registered in a searchable database and consumers of online child pornography will face prison sentences.