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Third dose of coronavirus vaccine offered from August

Saturday, July 24th, 2021

As the government makes a third dose of Covid vaccine available for citizens, a left-wing columnist accuses it of ignoring science. A pro-government commentator defends the government’s early decision to use the Chinese vaccine to speed-up immunization. READ MORE

EU starts legal action against Hungary (and Poland)

Saturday, July 17th, 2021

Reacting to the infringement procedure launched by the European Commission over LGBTQ issues, a pro-government historian thinks this controversy resembles the clash over asylum-seekers in the late 2010s. A left-wing commentator, by contrast, sees a clear political motive behind the ‘child protection law’ identified as homophobic by the European Commission. READ MORE

The Prime Minister’s video on media freedom

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

A left-wing site dismisses the Prime Minister’s argument that the abundance of outlets harshly critical of his government is vivid proof of a free press in Hungary. A pro-government outlet takes the attempted murder of a Dutch journalist as an indication that The Netherlands has problems with media freedom. READ MORE

Hungary takes over Visegrad-4 presidency

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

A left-wing commentator sees Prime Minister Orbán’s vision of a strong and influential V4 as pie in the sky. A pro-government pundit, on the other hand, is convinced that the V4 will lead the EU’s rejuvenation. READ MORE

European Parliament portrayed as an ideological playground

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

A pro-government columnist agrees with PM Orbán that the European Parliament focuses too much on ideological issues including gender politics, rather than engaging with what both see as more important problems. READ MORE

Most remaining Covid restrictions to be lifted

Friday, June 25th, 2021

As the government announces the lifting of Covid restrictions, a conservative commentator accuses the Left of endangering lives by weakening their supporters’ willingness to get vaccinated. READ MORE

Row over rainbow symbolism at EURO 2020

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

A pro-government columnist thinks that all politics, including the rainbow flag, should be kept out of stadiums. A left-wing philosopher, on the other hand, believes that Germany is justified in standing up for gay rights. READ MORE

To kneel or not to kneel, that is the question

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Pro-government pundits welcome the Hungarian national team’s decision not to ‘take the knee’ before their matches at the European Championship. A left-wing and a centrist columnist acknowledge that the gesture is highly controversial, but nonetheless criticize football fans who booed while the Irish team was taking the knee. READ MORE

Government side campaign puts Gyurcsány in its centre

Monday, May 31st, 2021

Pro-government commentators claim in unison that the opposition is the ideological heir of the 2006 ‘Őszöd speech’ and ensuing police violence. They also insist that the opposition is still led by former PM Gyucsány from behind the scenes. A left-wing author dismisses that as pure propaganda. READ MORE

15 years after the Őszöd speech

Friday, May 28th, 2021

On the 15th anniversary of the ‘Őszöd speech’, a pro-government commentator finds it outrageous that former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány is still active in Hungarian politics – and is even threatening politicians of the current government with imprisonment. READ MORE