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First comments on Biden’s victory

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Although they have been heavily committed to Biden during the campaign, left-wing observers are nevertheless only moderately optimistic about the outcome. A right-wing commentator, on the other hand, paints a gloomy picture, not merely of America’s future, but above all of Hungary’s ties with the US. READ MORE

Controversy over promoting gay inclusion among children

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Liberal and left-wing commentators in unison criticize radical right-wing MP Dóra Dúró for shredding a children’s book intended to strengthen acceptance of homosexuals. Conservative pundits, on the other hand, call for the government to put an end to what they label ‘homosexual propaganda’ in kindergartens.

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Debate over rule of law continues

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of waging a propaganda war in its handling of EU criticism of the rule of law in Hungary. Pro-government pundits, on the other hand, think that the EU’s criticism originates from the domestic opposition, and is being used to blackmail the country. READ MORE

Left-liberal thoughts on possible opposition strategies

Monday, August 17th, 2020

As the final editions of all the weeklies went to print before the agreement on Friday by opposition party leaders to stand behind a single candidate in all constituencies at the next general election in 2022, they carry commentaries on the opposition’s options in general terms only. READ MORE

Weeklies on the end of Index

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Opposition-leaning weeklies predict that Index will never be the same again, following the resignation of over 80 journalists and staff, who quit last week citing their fears of government interference. A pro-government weekly sees an opposition plot behind the conflict. READ MORE

Ruminations 10 days after the EU Summit

Friday, July 31st, 2020

Ten days after the next seven-year budget and the coronavirus recovery fund were adopted by heads of state and government, commentators still struggle to make sense of what exactly the decisions taken in Brussels mean for Hungary. READ MORE

Former Mayor would close Chain Bridge

Monday, July 20th, 2020

renovation of Budapest’s oldest bridge, the former mayor urges his successor to close the bridge – at least for motorised traffic. READ MORE

Parliament to vote against conditioning EU rescue package on the rule of law

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

A left-wing commentator thinks the government clearly fears being shamed by the European Union for rule of law infringements. A pro-government commentator suspects political bias behind rule of law investigations. READ MORE

Churchill’s statue defaced in Budapest

Friday, June 19th, 2020

A Fidesz MEP says that pulling down statues to rewrite history is a communist practice. An opposition politician sees the current wave of attacks on statues in the West as more complex an issue than the MEP suggests. An independent author maintains that the West didn’t invent slavery and colonialism but put an end to them. READ MORE

Dispute over government’s economic measures

Monday, April 20th, 2020

A pro-government and an independent economist find the government’s economic incentives to kick-start the economy reasonable and well-balanced. A former liberal minister and a left-wing commentator, on the other hand, accuse the government of mismanaging the economic crisis. A centrist analyst predicts that after the health emergency, the government will face tremendous difficulties in managing the economy. READ MORE