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Did sex and corruption scandals influence the municipal election?

October 21st, 2019

The weeklies and dailies ponder the role of sex and corruption scandals in last weekend’s surprise local election results, and consider the broader repercussions of what happened on Hungarian politics.

Hungary’s aging deemed irreversible

October 19th, 2019

A leading demographer finds it unlikely that the Hungarian demographic decline can be reversed. He suggests that as a result, the retirement age must be raised.

Hungarian government accused of supporting Turkish incursion in Syria

October 18th, 2019

A neoconservative pundit lambasts Hungary for not objecting to the Turkish invasion of Kurdish territories in Syria. A conservative commentator takes up the government’s defence.

Budapest elected a liberal Mayor

October 17th, 2019

A pro-government commentator attributes Gergely Karácsony’s victory in the Budapest Mayoral election to what he calls the ‘rootless globalist’ values of urban voters. A liberal pundit fears that the government will punish Budapest by cutting funding.

The political landscape after the local elections

October 16th, 2019

Pundits from right across the political spectrum wonder whether Sunday’s election marks a new beginning and the return of a two party system in Hungary.

Opposition makes headway in local elections

October 15th, 2019

In their snap assessments on Sunday’s municipal elections, the leading pro-government daily and a liberal commentator both point out that while the opposition has captured Budapest and almost half the major cities in Hungary, Fidesz is still firmly entrenched in the countryside.

Scandal makes local election contest unexpectedly close

October 14th, 2019

Commentators see the case of the Fidesz mayor of the western city of Győr as particularly harmful for the government side, although sex videos and audio tapes discussing corruption have also surfaced involving local opposition politicians.

Hungary urges dialogue with Turkey on Kurdistan

October 12th, 2019

As Hungary temporarily vetoed  a declaration by EU foreign Ministers warning Turkey not to invade north-eastern Syria, a conservative analyst compares the Turkish invasion to what happened to Hungary in 1956.

168 óra remains a staunch critic of the government

October 11th, 2019

In his first opinion piece as editor-in-chief of 168 óra, Péter Rózsa describes the regime the government side has built as a kleptocracy.

‘Treason’ charge returned in kind

October 10th, 2019

The left-wing daily rejects accusations of high treason by pro-government outlets towards opposition politicians who complain about the government’s policies in the European Union. The author retorts that they themselves are the real traitors.