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Opposition braces for next year’s election

March 1st, 2021

As opinion polls put the opposition parties combined at just over 50 per cent of probable voters, pundits in left-liberal weeklies ponder their chances and the tools available to them, to defeat Fidesz next year.

Culture war over a 150-year-old novel

February 27th, 2021

A poet has stirred sharp controversy with her remark that a literary classic should be removed from the list of mandatory reading in Hungarian schools because it assigns a subordinate role to women.

Hungarian goalkeeper in storm over ‘rainbow families’

February 26th, 2021

Pro-government authors criticise the goalkeeper of the national football team who publicly opposed the recent amendment to the Fundamental Law which defines the family as based on marriage and the parent-child relationship.

Rollout of Chinese Covid vaccine begins

February 25th, 2021

As family doctors start inoculating hundreds of thousands of Hungarians with the Chinese anti-Covid vaccine, a liberal news site finds government communication on the Sinopharm vaccine confusing, while a pro-government outlet praises the jab.

Fekete-Győr to run in opposition primary

February 24th, 2021

A pro-government site believes that the leader of Momentum has no chance of becoming Prime Minister Orbán’s challenger in next year’s election.

Government and opposition found at fault in the Covid pandemic

February 23rd, 2021

A centrist analyst accuses both political sides of using the COVID emergency to promote cheap propaganda.

Klub Radio to win new licence tender?

February 22nd, 2021

The left-wing radio station that went off air in mid-February (but is still available online) appears likely to win the new license tender for its former frequency, as the applications of both media companies which tried to compete for the frequency were rejected last December. Both have allegedly given up their attempts to appeal against […]

Dispatches from the trenches in the culture war

February 22nd, 2021

A pro-government commentator finds it justified for the government to have reclaimed national sovereignty from what he calls the ‘post-Communist deep state’. Two liberal analysts, on the other hand, accuse the Orbán government of uprooting democratic rule and introducing far-right authoritarian governance.

A left-wing take on the state of the Visegrad Group

February 20th, 2021

A left-wing commentator thinks that the V4 has abandoned its original aims and lacks internal cohesion, and therefore has no future.

V4 at 30

February 19th, 2021

As the Visegrád Group celebrates the anniversary of its establishment in 1991, a pro-government commentator contends that the importance of the V4 alliance has been boosted by the EU’s failures to resolve emergencies.