Recent Posts

Leftist analysts decry the absence of a real opposition

August 20th, 2018

A left-wing weekly carries two bitter comments complaining that while Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s party is united and purposeful, no opposition force worthy of that name is in sight.

Saint Stephen’s myth revised

August 20th, 2018

A pro-government political scientist challenges the established view that the founder of the Hungarian state opted for the West when he pledged allegiance to the Pope and  enforced Christianity in his nascent state.

The dream to relaunch of Radio Free Europe – a critical view

August 18th, 2018

A left-wing sociologist criticises those liberal intellectuals who are urging the United States to relaunch broadcasts by Radio Free Europe in Hungarian. He calls their idea an expression of political parochialism.

Politics dominated by hatred

August 17th, 2018

A political scientist describes the past three decades of Hungarian politics as an incessant struggle between enemies. His main problem is that the struggle is fuelled by hatred.

Pröhle ‘will keep his seat’

August 16th, 2018

A conservative critic of the government believes political skirmishes are often petty personal showdowns. As an example, he quotes the attacks on the director of the Budapest Literary Museum who, to his knowledge was personally defended by PM Orbán.

Gender row rolls on

August 15th, 2018

After a few critical remarks from conservative commentators, the government’s plan to ban gender studies MA courses is now splitting the media along the usual political divide. Opposition columnists call the planned decree dictatorial, while pro-government authors deem gender studies a useless subject.

Sweden joins EC in court case against Hungary

August 14th, 2018

A pro-government columnist finds it strange for an EU member country to intervene against another in an infringement suit and thinks that the  action of the Swedish government was prompted by internal political considerations.

Dispute over gender studies

August 13th, 2018

As the government proposes to cancel the accreditation of gender studies university degree programs, left-wing and liberal pundits accuse it of ideologically driven interference in higher education. Conservative commentators are divided on the proposed ban.

Conservative poet calls for cultural renewal

August 11th, 2018

A pro-government poet blames the drop in sales of books of literature on what he calls the elitism which dominates the literary field, and proposes that the national interest should be the priority in literature too.

State Audit Office criticizes hospitals

August 10th, 2018

As the head of the State Audit Office accuses hospitals of wasteful and corrupt practices, commentators on Right and Left wonder if the government will have the courage to reform the inefficient and less than transparent health care management system.