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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

The price of the IMF loan

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Now that the European Commission have given the green light for Hungary to start negotiating a credit-line agreement with the IMF, commentators assess the possible consequences of the restrictions announced by PM Viktor Orbán. Both left and right agree that the talks are a step forward, but the country could pay a very high price for the credit-line. 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

Is there a Hungarian bias behind Hungary’s bad image in the West?

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

A young independent commentator believes that those Western reporters who accuse the Hungarian government of trying to dismantle democracy base their opinions on the narratives of left-wing liberal intellectuals. READ MORE

Hungary bracing for a tough New Year

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

All commentators agree that 2012 will be even tougher than 2010.  But they disagree on the reasons, and on the best policy to follow. READ MORE

The West has to deal with PM Viktor Orbán

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

As Western governments hesitate about how to deal with Viktor Orbán’s government, a Hungarian EU-expert believes that there is still no real alternative to him, as the  opposition parties have so far failed to produce a serious contender for his post. READ MORE

Making peace with banks?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Commentators in the Hungarian media notice a turn in the government’s economic policy, and urge a compromise with financial institutions. READ MORE

Crime and punishment

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Ex gendarmerie captain Sándor Képíró, 97, was acquitted of the charge of responsibility for the execution of more than 30 Jews and Serbs in Serbia in 1942. Left and right-wing commentators compare this case to earlier trials involving those accused of crimes during the Communist period, and appear to agree that it is almost impossible to administer genuine justice. READ MORE