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Opposition wins Dunaújváros by-election

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

A liberal commentator interprets the opposition victory in the Dunaújváros Parliamentary by-election as proof that opposition voters have no qualms in supporting any joint candidate, regardless of their ideological leaning. READ MORE

Debate over compensation for inmates and Roma rolls on

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Weeklies and weekend editions of dailies right across the political spectrum discuss the implications of the government’s plans to suspend payment of compensation for  inmates who have won court cases for overcrowding and Roma children taught in segregated classrooms. Each side accuses the other of inciting hatred and threatening the constitutional order. READ MORE

EU agrees on 2050 carbon neutral aim

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

A pro-government columnist thinks that Central Europe and Hungary may get less EU funding as a result of the EU’s 2050 carbon neutrality agreement. A liberal commentator is less pessimistic. READ MORE

Government to overhaul how culture is financed

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of changing the way culture is financed, in order to bring it under its control. Pro-government pundits dismiss the accusations. READ MORE

Opposition makes headway in local elections

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

In their snap assessments on Sunday’s municipal elections, the leading pro-government daily and a liberal commentator both point out that while the opposition has captured Budapest and almost half the major cities in Hungary, Fidesz is still firmly entrenched in the countryside. READ MORE

Battle for environmentalist ideas

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

A liberal commentator thinks that the government has finally realized the mobilizing power of green ideas, and will now try now to appropriate political environmentalism. A pro-government columnist accuses left-liberals of trying to monopolize green ideas, and use ecology for partisan purposes. READ MORE

Rock star’s performance at Tusnádfürdő criticised

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

A pro-government pundit protests against the presence at the traditional summer Fidesz gathering in Transylvania of liberal minded rock star András Lovasi. A Marxist philosopher, on the other hand, condemns Lovasi for accepting the invitation to perform there. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s annual Tusnádfürdő speech

Monday, July 29th, 2019

In his annual address at Tusnádfürdő, PM Orbán defended the idea of ‘illiberal democracy’ and offered a new definition of what he means by it, namely ‘Christian liberty’. READ MORE

Pope Francis’ open air mass in the Szeklerland

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Commenting on the Pope’s visit to the most important shrine of Hungarian Catholics in Transylvania, left-wing outlets remark that during that historical event the Prime Minister was in Madrid watching Liverpool beat Tottenham in the Champions’ League final. A conservative commentator excoriates the Pontiff’s right-wing critics. READ MORE

Government suspends administrative court reform

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Commenting on the government’s announcement that it is cancelling the introduction of a new level of administrative courts, two liberal pundits speculate that after the European Parliamentary Election, Fidesz is trying to strike a conciliatory note with the European People’s Party. READ MORE