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Fears of electoral irregularities on both sides of the political spectrum

Monday, November 29th, 2021

A liberal commentator fears that the new permanent residence regulations open up the possibility of electoral fraud. A pro-government pundit, on the other hand, thinks that the US will interfere with the Hungarian election next year and help ‘pro-migration and pro-LBGT’ politicians to defeat Fidesz. READ MORE

Left-wing weeklies on the freezing of fuel prices

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Two left-wing weeklies condemn the government in unison for freezing the prices of petrol and diesel. READ MORE

Poland-Belarus migration crisis escalates

Monday, November 15th, 2021

A pro-government commentator accuses Angela Merkel of complacency towards illegal migration. A liberal MEP lambasts the Polish authorities for not admitting migrants, while, at the same time, calls on the EU to help Poland defend its borders. A moderate columnist is concerned over the humanitarian crisis but has no idea how to resolve it. READ MORE

Weeklies on the possible outcome of next year’s parliamentary elections

Monday, November 8th, 2021

Weekly newspapers and magazines study the prospects of opposition parties in the Hungarian parliamentary elections due in just under six months’ time. Voices close to the opposition are optimistic, cautious or even critical of their own camp. A columnist close to the incumbent government, on the other hand, warns of a witch-hunt if the current opposition win. READ MORE

Supreme Court narrows down government’s ‘child protection’ referendum

Monday, November 1st, 2021

A left-wing liberal commentator welcomes the Curia’s decision to dismiss one of the government’s referendum questions on the controversial child protection law. Magyar Narancs concedes that as the ruling shows, courts still are ‘to a certain extent’ still independent. READ MORE

Opposition-leaning weeklies on Márki-Zay as candidate for PM

Monday, October 25th, 2021

Left-wing and liberal commentators warmly welcome Márki-Zay as the opposition front-runner in next year’s parliamentary election but worry if he will be able to keep the disparate forces of the opposition united during the forthcoming six months. READ MORE

Weeklies on the opposition primary home stretch

Monday, October 18th, 2021

Weeklies published before the closing of the opposition primary on Saturday assessed the chances of the frontrunners, their prospects in the April general election and the main tasks of the opposition, after the primary. READ MORE

Weeklies on the primary runoff

Monday, October 11th, 2021

By the time the news broke on Friday that Klára Dobrev will face a single challenger, namely Péter Márki-Zay, in the second round of the primaries to choose the opposition prime ministerial candidate in next years elections, the weeklies were already on the newsstands. They could therefore not react to Gergely Karácsonys withdrawal from the race, but most did comment on MárkiZays surprisingly successful performance. READ MORE

Weeklies on discord within the opposition over proposals to scrap the 2011 constitution

Monday, October 4th, 2021

Commentators across the political spectrum wonder whether, if they win the election next April, the opposition could or would revoke the Fundamental Law – even in the absence of the required two-thirds majority in Parliament. READ MORE

Weeklies on the Eucharistic Congress

Monday, September 13th, 2021

The weeklies went to print well before the end of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, which wound up in Budapest on Sunday. Opposition-leaning commentators accuse the government of using religion for political purposes, and contrast it with Pope Francis, whom they describe as an authentic believer. A pro-government analyst believes their criticism is disingenuous. READ MORE