Recent Posts

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.

BMW to open factory in Debrecen

August 9th, 2018

A left-wing columnist fears that the new BMW factory announced in Debrecen will not benefit Hungary. A pro-government economist finds such suggestions absurd, and welcomes the opening of the new car plant.

Opposition accused of distorting emigration data

August 8th, 2018

A pro-government columnist accuses the opposition parties of falsifying emigration statistics in order to criticize the government.

PM Orbán’s success explained

August 7th, 2018

A left-wing sociologist believes that Mr Orbán’s success is due to the popularity of illiberal populist politics in the wider world

Fidesz dominates the media landscape

August 6th, 2018

After the ‘recapture’ of HírTV’ by the government side, left-wing commentators paint a bleak picture of the Hungarian media landscape, while a pro-government author lays the blame at the door of the tycoon who lured conservative journalists into his anti-Orbán offensive and then left them in the lurch.

More on HirTV takeover

August 4th, 2018

A left-wing analyst believes the government side was led by an emotional need to recapture HírTV from its critics, while a pro-government commentator excoriates the left-liberal demonstrators who protested against the takeover.

HírTV back in the government fold

August 3rd, 2018

Left-wing commentators see the takeover of Hungary’s first TV news channel as a sign of mounting authoritarianism, while pro-government newspapers declare that justice has been done.