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Controversies over party funding, and over Horthy and Kádár, the two main figures of 20th century Hungarian history

Monday, May 21st, 2012

A centrist analyst fiercely opposes the Prime Minister’s idea of suspending public funding for political parties. A left wing commentator believes Fidesz has even broader control over public assets than the ruling party had under Communism. A sociologist shows that Hungary’s Communist ruler is more popular today than he even was during his last years in office. And a grass-roots Horthy-revival sparks furious emotions. READ MORE

Is dullness Hollande’s main asset?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

After the first round of the presidential elections in France, analysts in Budapest believe Socialist candidate François Hollande will probably beat incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round, on May 6. Meanwhile, they agree in finding him a surprisingly dull and grey figure. READ MORE

Anti-Semitic blood libel in Parliament

Monday, April 9th, 2012

A centrist analyst wonders what reasons a radical right-wing representative may have had when he addressed the House to request the commemoration of a young girl who disappeared from her village in 1882, and who, according to the old anti-Semitic narrative, was murdered by local Jews. READ MORE

Verbal duel between Brussels and Budapest over Orbán’s speech

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

A leading centrist analyst believes that Viktor Orbán has no choice but to use double talk, but advises him to practice this more carefully, while his conservative colleague writes that the EC has over-reacted to the Hungarian PM’s words on March 15th. READ MORE

Right-wing commentator disappointed by Hunvald’s mild sentence

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

A leading conservative analyst fears that the mild sentence handed down in György Hunvald’s trial is bound to strengthen populist stereotypes according to which the small thieves get caught while the bigger ones get away with their crimes. READ MORE

EP resolution on Hungary: commentators divided

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Left and right wing columnists are sharply divided on the resolution the European Parliament adopted on Hungary earlier this week. While conservative commentators condemn Hungarian Socialist MEPs for actively taking part, their left wing counterparts call on the government to act. READ MORE

Lessons to be learned from the grounding of MALÉV

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Commentators voice their views on the bankruptcy of the Hungarian national airline – and according to their political bias, blame either the previous administration or the current government. They also wonder what the long-term implications of MALÉV’s insolvency will be. READ MORE

Stopping Klubrádió: an “especially bad decision”?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

A serious furore has erupted over the Media Council’s decision to award the frequency used by a left wing talk radio to another media company. A right wing analyst calls the decision an “especially bad one” as it has relaunched last year’s controversy over Hungary’s media law. READ MORE

Opposition X-factor wanted

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The broad Hungarian opposition scene is waiting for a newcomer with the necessary ‘X-factor’ to defeat the governing Fidesz party at the next general elections – writes political analyst Ferenc Kumin. He challenges in his blog a colleague who has spotted possible contenders among the leaders of  last weekend’s anti-government demonstrations. (X-factor is a singers’ contest broadcast by a commercial TV-channel.) READ MORE

Friendly war on the left

Monday, August 29th, 2011

It might be an appeal for a friendly gesture or the beginning of a war for the left-wing vote, it depends on your choice of commentator. The fact of the matter is that the left-liberal Democratic Charter has written an open letter asking the floor leader of LMP, András Schiffer to withdraw the criminal complaint he lodged two years ago against the then PM Ferenc Gyurcsány. READ MORE