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Weeklies on the Eucharistic Congress

Monday, September 13th, 2021

The weeklies went to print well before the end of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, which wound up in Budapest on Sunday. Opposition-leaning commentators accuse the government of using religion for political purposes, and contrast it with Pope Francis, whom they describe as an authentic believer. A pro-government analyst believes their criticism is disingenuous. READ MORE

Dispute over homosexuality rolls on

Monday, September 6th, 2021

A liberal pundit lambasts Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry President for a homophobic statement. A pro-government columnist thinks that gays should not be discriminated but accuses LMBT organizations of trying to change young people’s sexual orientation. READ MORE

Crossfire of  accusations of demagoguery

Monday, August 30th, 2021

A pro-government commentator interprets Budapest Mayor Karácsony’s threat to veto the Budapest Athletics Championship as a demagogic stunt. A liberal pundit, on the other hand, thinks that what he labels the government’s demagogic economic path is untenable. READ MORE

Weeklies on the Afghanistan debacle

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Commentators try to make sense of the collapse of the Afghan government and the victory of the Taliban, as US forces have not yet fully withdrawn from Afghanistan. READ MORE

Liberal authors call opposition leaders to account on morality

Monday, August 16th, 2021

Four fiercely government-critical weeklies slam opposition leaders who have used what they see as morally questionable means in their political campaigns. All nonetheless readily assure their leaders that they find the government side even more guilty of such behaviour. READ MORE

Diverging views on Hungary’s place in Europe

Monday, August 9th, 2021

Pro-government commentators portray Hungary as a defender of traditional European values. Their liberal counterpart, on the other hand, accuses the Hungarian governing party of building disturbing strategic partnerships within and beyond the EU. READ MORE

Football seen as politics by other means

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Commentators right across the political spectrum interpret the Hungarian team’s unexpected success and tragic exit from the European Football Championship as a political allegory. READ MORE

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