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Roma vote: new video raises questions

Monday, October 21st, 2013

After a video surfaced showing Roma men exchanging money for votes in an apartment, centrist commentators question the credibility of the footage while left-liberal columnists lament the fact that the Hungarian Roma sell their votes because they see no other opportunity in politics. READ MORE

Béla Biszku indicted for war crimes

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

A pro-government editorial says Biszku should have been charged earlier – now, even if the 92 year old is sentenced, the desire of Hungarians for justice cannot be satisfied. READ MORE

OTP Ceo’s row with Fidesz politicians over football debacle

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Several left-wing and liberal commentators suspect that the harsh words addressed to Sándor Csányi, as president of the Hungarian Football Association by important Fidesz politicians may be due to to his main job as CEO of  Hungary’s number one Bank. READ MORE

Centre-right journalist finds provost’s dress code excessive

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

A moderate pro-government weekly defends controversial measures to tackle the homeless, but excoriates the provost of Kaposvár University for introducing a strict dress code for students. READ MORE

Baja by-election lays the ground for an ugly campaign in 2014

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

A pro-government daily suggests that the latest election result offers few clues about the real chances of the parties in 2014. but does provide an early indication of just how ugly the campaign might get; the author warns all contenders to moderate their tone. READ MORE

Baja by-election: Fidesz wins, amidst mutual recriminations

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

A left-wing daily says the close call can be interpreted as a success for, as well as a threat to Fidesz in 2014, while a liberal commentator thinks the difference in votes is less important than the unprecedented “show of force” on the ground by Fidesz activists. A pro-government daily, on the other hand, accuses the united opposition of threats and unlawful behaviour in the campaign. READ MORE

Divided opposition uniting for October 23

Monday, October 14th, 2013

A leading liberal commentator believes that the joint celebration of the anniversary of the 56 revolution is just window-dressing, with the main opposition forces intending to ignore the leaders of minor groupings, while claiming the votes of their followers. READ MORE

Sólyom Airlines stranded before take-off

Monday, October 14th, 2013

A business daily calls dreamers all those who believed for a moment that the amateurish adventure called Sólyom Airways was viable. READ MORE

The Netherlands 8, Hungary 1

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Hungary’s number one football commentator believes the crushing defeat of the selected team in Amsterdam faithfully reflects the poor quality of Hungarian football. READ MORE

PM shields MOL CEO

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Népszabadság thinks the Croatian move to put the Chief Executive Officer of Hungary’s oil and gas multinational on the international wanted list was too rude for the Hungarian government to tolerate in silence. The Prime Minister has been practically forced to stand behind Mr Hernádi. READ MORE