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Plans to start reopening Hungary

Monday, April 5th, 2021

As Prime Minister Orbán announces plans to gradually reopen the country, including schools, as soon as 2.5 million Hungarians have received their first coronavirus vaccination, a fierce and partisan dispute over the government’s strategy to contain the pandemic rolls on. READ MORE

Prospects of a new right-wing EU party group

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

On Thursday in Budapest, Prime Minister Orbán meets Matteo Salvini and Mateusz Morawiecki to discuss European identity and cooperation in the EU. READ MORE

European Parliament threatens to sue Commission

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Last week, the European Parliament voted to sue the European Commission if it fails to apply the rule of law conditionality against Hungary and Poland. READ MORE

Dispute over new lockdowns and vaccination rollout

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Left-wing commentators criticize the government’s vaccination strategy. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, lambasts the opposition for weakening trust in Eastern jabs. READ MORE

Ability of the opposition to govern questioned 

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

According to a recent poll by the Nézőpont Institute, even voters of the opposition parties are not convinced that the opposition could govern the country as efficiently as Fidesz does. READ MORE

Coronavirus and vaccination as political battlefields

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

As the third wave of the pandemic sweeps through Hungary, commentators from across the political divide discuss the government’s strategy and speculate on the possible date of the end of the emergency. READ MORE

Monetary experts warn against high debt

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

Two chief economists of the Hungarian National Bank dismiss the suggestion, broadly held among left-wing US economists, that governments have no reason to worry about high levels of public debt. READ MORE

Hungary and Poland challenge EU rule of law conditionality

Friday, March 19th, 2021

A left-wing columnist finds Hungary’s legal challenge to EU rule of law conditionality rules controversial. A pro-government pundit thinks that the EU should focus on vaccine distribution rather than trying to punish Hungary and Poland. READ MORE

Further ruminations on Fidesz outside the EPP

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

A conservative commentator says Fidesz left the EPP because it abandoned Christian values. The leading left-wing weekly contends that Fidesz MEPs will lose their influence in the European Parliament. READ MORE

Momentum leader wants to ban “government propagandists”

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

A pro-government commentator finds it shocking that the leader of Momentum would temporarily ban right-wing journalists who, in his view, spread fake news. READ MORE