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NGOs seen as accomplices of human traffickers


Hungary’s neo-conservative news site claims that the NGO rescue ships in the Mediterranean cause more deaths in their naïve efforts to save lives.

More on government vs watchdog NGOs


An independent conservative author sees no justifiable reason for the government to lash out against NGOs subsidised by liberal western sources. A pro-government analyst, on the other hand believes that foreign interests in Hungarian politics must be made visible.

Dispute over NGOs still in the headlines


Pundits across the political spectrum debate if and to what extent NGOs should be considered as political actors rather than independent organizations.

Dispute over ‘pseudo-NGOs’ heats up


Left-wing and liberal sources liken the government’s plans to require asset declarations from NGO executives to totalitarian and dictatorial policies. Centrist commentators welcome more transparency but criticize the harsh language. A conservative columnist thinks that the proposal is a mere political red herring.

NGOs suspected of embezzlement


Left-liberal dailies sharply criticise the government after police searched the offices of two NGOs. They believe the authorities are simply out to get civic groups which dare to criticise the government. A leading member of the largest pro-government civic organisation rejects accusations of anti-democratic tendencies against the government.

Tens of thousands flee Ukraine


A pro-government commentator contrasts the tens of thousands of ‘white and Christian genuine refugees’ from Ukraine, with those he calls illegal migrants coming from distant countries. A left-wing columnist finds such distinctions racist.

OSCE prepares for ‘full-scale’ electoral monitoring in Hungary


A pro-government analyst sees the decision to send an unusually large (for an EU country) electoral monitoring mission to Hungary as part of a campaign to explain away the probable defeat of the opposition at the elections in April. A liberal expert thinks even a large number of monitors will ...

Márki-Zay depicted as a foreign agent


The leading pro-government daily accuses the opposition frontrunner of ‘collusion with foreign actors’. The paper claims that Márki-Zay’s movement as well as pro-opposition NGOs and journalists are financed by foreign sources who promote globalist and pro-migration views.

Fears of electoral irregularities on both sides of the political spectrum


A liberal commentator fears that the new permanent residence regulations open up the possibility of electoral fraud. A pro-government pundit, on the other hand, thinks that the US will interfere with the Hungarian election next year and help ‘pro-migration and pro-LBGT’ politicians to defeat Fidesz.

V4 summit in Budapest


Prime Minister Orbán calls on the European Union to drop infringement procedures against Hungary and Poland, and help them protect Europe from illegal immigration.