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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

Dispute over Hungarian Zeitgeist

Monday, August 10th, 2020

A liberal pundit attributes the continuing popularity of Fidesz to the growing hopelessness of voters. His pro-government counterpart writes that regime change is still incomplete as culture is still dominated by left-wing liberal post-communists. 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

Weeklies on EU recovery fund deal

Monday, July 27th, 2020

The weeklies, and the weekend editions of the dailies ponder the broader implications of the EU recovery fund and the next 7 year budget. Liberal analysts see it as a step towards a more unified Europe, while a Marxist philosopher interprets it as the end of the European dream. Conservative commentators interpret the deal as a great victory for Prime Minister Orbán. READ MORE

Moral panic seen as a political weapon

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Two liberal scholars accuse the government of fomenting moral panic and using the Roma to create a sense of fear in Hungary. A conservative commentator rejects the allegation and accuses the opposition for using the Roma as a political weapon. READ MORE

Weeklies on Hungary’s emergency act

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Weeklies and the weekend editions of the dailies are sharply divided over the wider political implications and international repercussions of the government’s emergency laws approved by Parliament on Monday. READ MORE

Weeklies on the coronavirus epidemic

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The weeklies went to print before the Prime Minister’s announcement on Friday evening of a heightened state of emergency and the closure of all schools. All commentators write gravely about the virus, although not without political overtones. READ MORE

Weeklies on PM Orbán’s state of the nation address

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Weeklies and weekend editions of Hungarian dailies discuss the broader implications of the Prime Minister’s annual state of the nation speech, with special emphasis on the green ideas embraced by Viktor Orbán. READ MORE

Weeklies on the Roma school segregation verdict

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Left-liberal weeklies are outraged by the Prime Minister’s opinion that ‘something should be done’ about the court sentence which compels the Gyöngyöspata Council to pay compensation to Roma families whose children were segregated at school from 2004 to 2012. Conservative authors suggest that the verdict is doing more harm than good. READ MORE

Weeklies’ New Year editorials

Monday, January 6th, 2020

In their first issues of 2020, the weeklies try to make sense of what happened in 2019 and assess what Hungary may expect in the New Year. READ MORE