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More on Merkel’s visit

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
A liberal pundit feels let down by the German Chancellor. She would have expected her to schedule a meeting with critics of the government. A pro-government columnist interprets the Chancellor’s visit as an acknowledgement of the changes Hungary has undergone over the past years.


‘Day of Outrage’ demonstrations

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Népszabadság thinks the 15 thousand strong Budapest rally signalled a turning point in anti-government protest, while liberal pundits criticise demonstrators for condemning not just the incumbent government, but all its predecessors over the past 25 years as well. READ MORE

Escalation in Hungarian-US diplomatic skirmishes

Monday, November 17th, 2014

As the Hungarian government reveals an aide memoire by the US Embassy’s document on corruption, a conservative columnist accuses the US of trying to pressure the Hungarian government in defense of American business interest. Left-wing commentators accuse the Hungarian government of closing its eyes over institutional corruption. READ MORE

Controversial left-wing candidate in Miskolc

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Columnists wonder whether it is acceptable and reasonable for the Left to support as a candidate for mayor of Miskolc a former police chief known for his highly controversial statements about Roma crime. READ MORE

Foreign currency (FX) loans to be eliminated

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

As the government promises to convert FX loans into Forint credit by the end of the year, analysts wonder how the conversion could and should be carried out. READ MORE

Left on the edge of the abyss

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

A pro-government columnist suggests that a healthy democracy would require a stronger and more credible left-wing opposition to counterbalance the excesses of the government. A left-wing columnist contends in a bitter article that the Socialists have done nothing to renew themselves after their huge defeat at the April election. READ MORE

LMP accused of complicity with Fidesz

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

A fiery liberal pundit alleges that Viktor Orbán owes his two thirds majority to Hungary’s Green Party. Zsófia Mihancsik scorns a young analyst who claimed that voting LMP would help prevent the government’s two thirds majority. The analyst replies that “the old dear doesn’t understand the first thing about voters’ minds if she thinks they can be commandeered to vote for any party.” READ MORE

Bitter reactions to lost hopes of the Left

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Left-liberal intellectuals blame the “servant mentality” of the public for the failure of the left-wing alliance parties. They suggest that Hungarians prefer the individual pursuit of self-interest to collective action against those who exploit them. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, believes that left-wing intellectuals despise ordinary Hungarians. READ MORE

Marx’s statue – another battle in the war of monuments

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Left-wing pundits welcome the decision of Corvinus University to keep Karl Marx’s statue on its premises, rejecting a claim that the figure of the “intellectual father” of Communism should not be exhibited in the University’s main hall and serve as a daily meeting point for young people. READ MORE

A liberal argument in Gyurcsány’s favour

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A radically liberal commentator accuses dominant left-wing opinion makers and the leading parties of anti-Gyurcsány bias as well of anti-democratic methods in their efforts to keep the leader of the Democratic Coalition outside the left-wing electoral alliance. READ MORE