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Veteran Hungarian-Austrian journalist excoriates PM Orbán

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Paul Lendvai acknowledges the Prime Minister’s political talent but condemns his policies and accuses him of immorality and cynicism. READ MORE

Amazon wildfires linked to sovereignty issues

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Pundits in weeklies right across the political spectrum discuss the Amazon rain forest fires alongside issues of national sovereignty. READ MORE

Weeklies reflect on Angela Merkel’s visit

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

More than a week after Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany praised Hungary’s performance in applying European structural and cohesion funds, a pro-government columnist still rejoices while left-wing and liberal authors still feel deceived. READ MORE

The Left braces for the municipal elections

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

A liberal commentator calls rural pro-government voters ‘simpletons’ and urges urban left-wing liberals to educate them. A left-wing analyst thinks that the opposition’s efforts to mobilize through petitions and referenda are counterproductive. READ MORE

The Microsoft corruption scandal

Monday, August 19th, 2019

A left-liberal weekly believes the new Foreign Extortion Prevention Bill submitted to the US House of Representatives early this month is related to the corruption case of Microsoft Hungary. A pro-government daily writes that the government plans new measures to prevent corruption in public procurement. READ MORE

Dispute over public education

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

A left-wing columnist criticizes the government’s amendments to the public education act. A conservative pundit contends that bureaucratic efforts to integrate disadvantaged children are doomed to fail. READ MORE

Skirmish over Coke ads

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

A pro-government columnist accuses the Coca-Cola company of popularizing homosexuality with the aid of advertisements displaying gay people. A left-wing commentator finds such accusations absurd, and accuses the government and its intellectual hinterland of homophobia. READ MORE

A left-wing defence of MEPs voting against Fidesz candidates

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

A left-wing commentator takes up the defence of the Hungarian Members of the European Parliament, who prevented three Fidesz nominees from being elected vice chairmen of EP subcommittees. READ MORE

PM Orbán opposes Timmerman’s candidacy

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Opposition outlets write that the Prime Minister is frightened by the prospect of Dutch Socialist Frans Timmermans being elected President of the European Commission, while pro-government outlets characterise him as George Soros’s man. READ MORE

Weeklies on the chances of the opposition

Monday, June 24th, 2019

As opposition supporters cast their votes to decide on the challenger to Budapest Mayor István Tarlós in the local elections in the autumn, commentators ruminate on the chances of the opposition inside and outside Budapest. READ MORE