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Weeklies on the elections – with two weeks’ hindsight

Commentators still struggle to find consistent explanations for the fourth consecutive electoral victory of Fidesz on 3 April. There is even less clarity, however, on how the opposition can recover from its latest defeat.

Former Jobbik luminary launches new party

A pro-government columnist explains that Jobbik’s move to a more moderate stance led to the creation of the radical right-wing Our Homeland Movement, as announced by former Jobbik vice-President László Toroczkai. 

Jobbik on the brink of a split

As Jobbik expels radical right-wing László Toroczkai, two pro-government pundits wonder about the fate of Jobbik.

Showdown within Jobbik

A left-wing commentator suspects that once the radical wing is expelled from Jobbik, a new extreme right-wing party will compete with Jobbik for the same electorate.

Jobbik in crisis

As a radical figure sets up his own organised faction within Jobbik, one pro-government commentator predicts that the right-wing party is on an irreversible downhill path, while another suspects that the leader of the extremist rebellion is a secret agent.

Jobbik mayor’s stunt to ban the burqa and “homosexual propaganda”

A left-wing commentator dismisses a Jobbik mayor’s anti-burqa and anti-gay decree as a mere stunt, and likens his small municipality to a lunatic asylum. His pro-government counterpart thinks Jobbik voters may be left puzzled and clueless about the party’s ideological direction.

Vona to purge the Jobbik leadership of radicals

As Jobbik leader Gábor Vona announces plans to get rid of Vice-Presidents associated with the exterme right wing of the party, commentators wonder what the implications of his move may be.

Extreme right leader elected village mayor

Pro-government commentators accuse former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány’s DK party of being ready to cooperate with far right organizations to beat Fidesz. Some liberal commentators agree that the DK’s anti-Orbán rhetoric may have strange side-effects, others point out that local DK leaders acted without the knowledge of the centre and were ...