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Speculations about foreign interference in Hungarian elections

Monday, January 24th, 2022

A pro-government columnist fears that foreign agencies including the CIA may interfere in the Hungarian election to help the opposition. The leading liberal weekly finds such accusations absurd, and points out that it is the government that created a network of foreign supporters. READ MORE

PM Orbán attends traditional pig slaughter

Monday, January 24th, 2022

One of the leading left-wing weeklies mocks the Prime Minister’s Facebook video showing him attending a traditional pig slaughter. A moderate conservative analyst thinks that Prime Minister Orbán started a postmodern political campaign. READ MORE

Prime Minister Orbán to visit Moscow

Saturday, January 22nd, 2022

A liberal commentator finds it highly controversial of Prime Minister Orbán to pay a visit to Russian President Putin at a time when relations between NATO and the EU and Moscow are so tense. A pro-government analyst thinks that Hungary can and should take a pragmatic approach to Russia. READ MORE

Illegal migration still seen as a major threat

Friday, January 21st, 2022

A pro-government pundit finds it reassuring that Hungary is protected from what he calls ‘increasingly violent migrants’ by a strong border fence and armed guards. The Hungarian fence also defends Europe, he suggests. READ MORE

Debate on election debate

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

A left-wing commentator claims that Prime Minister Orbán is afraid to participate in a public debate with opposition frontrunner Márki-Zay because he has no meaningful policy vision. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, contends that PM Orbán should not engage with ‘liars’ in public. READ MORE

An alt-left take on food price caps

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

An alt-left commentator calls on the Left to offer even broader and more systematic price controls to defend Hungarians suffering from pro-market economic policies which favour multinational companies. READ MORE

Absentee voters seen as an asset for the opposition

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

According to the calculations of a liberal commentator, absentee votes may help the opposition win in 4 or 5 swing districts – which could tip the balance in the April election.
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Weeklies on the stakes in the April election

Monday, January 10th, 2022

The two leading liberal weeklies urge the opposition to stand firm behind Péter Márki-Zay, despite his gaffes. A pro-government commentator fears that the national interest would be compromised if Fidesz loses. Another right-wing pundit speculates that foreign powers will intervene to help the opposition in the campaign. READ MORE

Former National Bank President predicts restrictions 

Saturday, January 8th, 2022

György Surányi, who served as President of the National Bank under a socialist-liberal government in the 1990s, sees monetary and fiscal restrictions as necessary. A pro-government economist dismisses the suggestion and accuses Surányi of serving foreign interests. READ MORE

Márki-Zay to be left without own parliamentary group

Friday, January 7th, 2022

A pro-government commentator writes that the opposition parties wanted to teach Péter Márki-Zay a lesson by not allowing him to put his own candidates on the opposition ballot. A liberal pundit thinks that Márki-Zay’s party could have wooed moderate supporters, thus its exclusion could cost them votes. READ MORE