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Opposition candidates excel in repeat local elections

November 15th, 2019

A left-wing and a pro-government columnist ponder the implications of the victory of an opposition candidate who once quoted Adolf Hitler and Ferenc Szálasi (leader of the Fascist Hungarian Arrow Cross Party, executed in 1946) in the repeat election in the city of Jászberény.

Europe 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

November 14th, 2019

A left-wing and a conservative pundit look back at the past three decades. They agree that the optimism of the early 1990s has disappeared, and Europe is facing a deep crisis.

Hungarian politics still dominated by Right and Left

November 13th, 2019

A conservative historian cautions right-wing critics of the government that if Fidesz is defeated, the officials of the pre-2010 left-liberal coalition will be back, and conservatives will be sidelined.

Momentum MEP on Hungarians in Slovakia

November 12th, 2019

A pro-government columnist lambasts politicians of the liberal Momentum party for supporting liberal parties in Slovakia and Romania. A left-wing commentator finds such dialogue more helpful in achieving Hungarian minority aims than ethnic representation.

Weeklies on the first days of opposition rule in Budapest

November 11th, 2019

Weeklies wonder if the opposition parties who defeated Fidesz in almost half of the big cities, including the capital, will become its real challenger at the 2022 Parliamentary elections.

Turkish-Hungarian summit in Budapest

November 9th, 2019

Most news reports on the one-day visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan focus on the extensive road closures that paralysed the city centre for hours. The main pro-government daily argues that Hungary follows the national interest in her ties with Turkey, while an opposition daily disagrees.

Borkai announces his resignation

November 8th, 2019

As the Mayor of Győr resigns in the wake of his taped debauchery scandal, a pro-government commentator suggests that he should have been forced to do so before the elections, while a liberal pundit warns the new left-wing capital city leaders that the opposition press will not be lenient with them.

Matolcsy calls the Euro a mistake

November 7th, 2019

A leading business analyst finds it obvious that since the President of the National Bank urged the EU to lift the obligation of member countries to join the Eurozone, Hungary has no intention of joining the common currency.

Polt confirmed as Chief Prosecutor, Handó elected Constitutional Court judge

November 6th, 2019

A left-wing commentator calls both the Chief Prosecutor and the new Constitutional Court judge controversial figures who have harmed the rule of law in Hungary. A pro-government columnist praises their record.

NATO Secretary General backs Hungary’s demands in Kyiv

November 5th, 2019

A pro-government commentator welcomes the pressure the Secretary General of NATO put on President Zelensky in Kyiv for national minorities to have the right to be taught at school in their mother tongues.