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CEU moves 4 courses out of 5 to Vienna

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

After the President of the Central European University announced that 49 of the CEU’s 59 courses will be transferred to Vienna, the debate continues in the press on whether the government’s refusal to let them stay serves or harms Hungary’s interests. READ MORE

Tension between Hungary and Ukraine

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Pro-government sites claim that extreme right-wing Ukrainian organisations which publish the addresses of ethnic Hungarians denouncing them as traitors are being supported by the government in Kiev. A liberal weekly accuses the Hungarian government of playing into Moscow’s hands with its attitude towards Ukraine. READ MORE

Government side accuses Facebook of censorship

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

After the Facebook account of a pro-government journalist was suspended, an MP of the Christian Democrats claimed that Facebook content-screening in Hungary is overseen by an NGO ‘funded by (Hungarian-born US financier and philanthropist) George Soros.’ READ MORE

More on HirTV takeover

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

A left-wing analyst believes the government side was led by an emotional need to recapture HírTV from its critics, while a pro-government commentator excoriates the left-liberal demonstrators who protested against the takeover. READ MORE

HírTV back in the government fold

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Left-wing commentators see the takeover of Hungary’s first TV news channel as a sign of mounting authoritarianism, while pro-government newspapers declare that justice has been done. READ MORE

First comments on PM Orbán’s speech at Tusnadfürdő

Monday, July 30th, 2018

In their first reactions to PM Orbán’s Tusnádfürdő address, liberal and left-wing commentators suggest that Viktor Orbán wants to elevate his illiberal politics to the European stage. Pro-government columnist agree with the Prime Minister that liberal elites need to be replaced. READ MORE

Simicska sells his businesses

Monday, July 9th, 2018

A left-wing pundit describes the former Fidesz party treasurer as an emblematic figure of Hungary’s recent past. He suspects that his media empire may end up in pro-government hands. READ MORE

Jobbik in crisis

Friday, May 25th, 2018

As a radical figure sets up his own organised faction within Jobbik, one pro-government commentator predicts that the right-wing party is on an irreversible downhill path, while another suspects that the leader of the extremist rebellion is a secret agent. READ MORE

Further ruminations on Lázár’s Vienna video

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

A liberal commentator suspects that Mr Lázár wants to divert attention from corruption through anti-immigrant fear-mongering. A pro-government blog accuses the liberal media of falsifying facts in order to help the opposition parties in the campaign. READ MORE

Parliament passes amendments to law on foreign universities

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

As Parliament turned into law the amendments to the higher education act on Tuesday, a conservative columnist suspects that the government’s ideologically motivated attack on CEU may easily backfire. Pro-government sources describe the opposition to the law as pure hysteria. READ MORE