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The Orbán government’s mid-term balance sheet

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Commentators assessing the Orbán government’s performance in its first two years in office all agree that Fidesz has not yet fulfilled its promises. But while left-wing pundits believe it is the fault of the Prime Minister”s mistaken policies, right-wing columnists blame former Socialist governments and international organizations for causing Hungary so many problems. READ MORE

Ambivalent reactions to Áder’s first speech

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Commentators on the left, the centre and the right are all somewhat puzzled by János Áder’s inaugural speech. One accuses him of  ‘deception’, while others find his words overly polite to the opposition. READ MORE

Former Socialist prime minister, Ferenc Gyurcsány suspected of plagiarism

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

A leading right-wing columnist accuses the Hungarian left-wing media and blogosphere of double standards after HírTV, a right wing television channel, revealed that Ferenc Gyurcsány’s Teachers College thesis could be a copy of his former brother-in-law’s. Népszabadság, meanwhile, claims that HírTV is “going after Gyurcsány”. READ MORE

President clings to his seat

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Whatever their political affiliations, Hungary’s daily newspapers are united in regretting  President Pál Schmitt’s refusal to resign, despite being stripped of his doctoral title by the Semmelweis University in Budapest. READ MORE

The long shadow of Communism

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Remembering the victims of the Communist past, conservative intellectuals blame left-wing and liberal elites for trying to relativize the crimes of the Communist dictatorships. A liberal commentator, on the other hand, accuses the right-wing government of only symbolically distancing itself from post-Communism. READ MORE

LMP floor-leader resigns

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Political commentators agree that the resignation of LMP floor-leader András Schiffer signals the beginning of a new era, not only for his party but for the whole Hungarian political scene. READ MORE

Buying time from the IMF?

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Analysts usually sharply critical of the government’s economic policies suspect that the Hungarian government has no real intention of cooperating with the IMF, but wants to buy time to calm the markets instead. One liberal commentator does not exclude the eventual collapse of the Forint as a result of an American attempt to topple Orbán’s government.


History paintings ignite culture war

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Left-wing commentators believe that the pictures commissioned by the government to illustrate the deluxe edition of the new Constitution promote a partisan political message. Some young conservative pundits also find the paintings kitschy, while an art historian defends their originality and artistic quality. READ MORE

An ultra-liberal take on Gyurcsány’s party

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

An ultra-liberal pundit does not believe that Ferenc Gyurcsány’s new party can represent a conservative liberal force in Parliament. READ MORE

In search of a positive Roma identity

Friday, October 14th, 2011

There is no Hungarian Gypsy nation, a Roma activist claims. He suggests that instead of blaming the majority, the Roma should create a positive identity for themselves that could help the gypsies to become self-reliant and integrate into society. READ MORE