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Government entrusts universities to foundations

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Opposition-leaning commentators  condemn in unison new legislation which places those state-owned universities that opt in, under the control of foundations under the ideological control of the government. READ MORE

Plans to start reopening Hungary

Monday, April 5th, 2021

As Prime Minister Orbán announces plans to gradually reopen the country, including schools, as soon as 2.5 million Hungarians have received their first coronavirus vaccination, a fierce and partisan dispute over the government’s strategy to contain the pandemic rolls on. READ MORE

Coronavirus and vaccination as political battlefields

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

As the third wave of the pandemic sweeps through Hungary, commentators from across the political divide discuss the government’s strategy and speculate on the possible date of the end of the emergency. READ MORE

Dispatches from the trenches in the culture war

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

A pro-government commentator finds it justified for the government to have reclaimed national sovereignty from what he calls the ‘post-Communist deep state’. Two liberal analysts, on the other hand, accuse the Orbán government of uprooting democratic rule and introducing far-right authoritarian governance. READ MORE

Debate over vaccination rolls on

Monday, January 25th, 2021

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of acting irresponsibly, by promoting Russian and Chinese Covid-19 vaccines. Pro-government pundits, on the other hand, accuse the opposition of hindering the fight against the pandemic, in the hope that more death and economic slowdown will help them win the 2022 election. READ MORE

Trading accusations over coronavirus and vaccination

Monday, January 11th, 2021

While the willingness of Hungarians to sign up for the coronavirus vaccine is slowly increasing, the right and left blame each other for the low level of trust in the vaccine among Hungarians. READ MORE

US Presidential election in focus

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Pondering the possible implications of the US Presidential elections, right-wing pundits hope that Donald Trump is reelected, while left-wing and liberal columnists would prefer Joe Biden as next President of the US. READ MORE

Weeklies on rule-of-law criticism by the European Commission

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Opposition-leaning commentators believe the European Union is still too weak to enforce its rule of law criteria, while pro-government columnists dismiss criticism from Brussels as both discriminatory and biased. READ MORE

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