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Budapest Pride as an opposition march

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

As for the first time in its history, the LGBTQ march through Budapest was also an anti-government demonstration, opinions sharply diverge on its message. READ MORE

Left-wing analyst defends inclusion of Jobbik in opposition alliance

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

A left-wing political scientist acknowledges that some of the values espoused by Jobbik are anathema to left-wing and liberal voters, but he nonetheless believes that Jobbik should be part of the opposition cooperation. READ MORE

Football seen as politics by other means

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Commentators right across the political spectrum interpret the Hungarian team’s unexpected success and tragic exit from the European Football Championship as a political allegory. READ MORE

Two opposing views on the culture war

Friday, February 5th, 2021

An alt-left historian accuses the elites of betraying the working class by embracing liberal and nationalist versions of pro-market bourgeois ideologies. A pro-government pundit welcomes the government’s efforts to weaken the cultural and intellectual domination of left-wing liberal elites. READ MORE

Antony Blinken named as next US Secretary of State

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Commentators across the political spectrum try to guess how US-Hungarian diplomatic relations will develop under the new US administration. READ MORE

PM Orbán announces new restrictions to combat the pandemic

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

A left-wing political scientist deems the government’s epidemic emergency policies announced on Monday belated and week. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, thinks that the restrictions are necessary – and describes opposition criticism as incoherent and irresponsible. READ MORE

Debate over rule of law continues

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of waging a propaganda war in its handling of EU criticism of the rule of law in Hungary. Pro-government pundits, on the other hand, think that the EU’s criticism originates from the domestic opposition, and is being used to blackmail the country. READ MORE

No compromise in sight over Theatre and Film University

Monday, September 7th, 2020

As the controversy over the restructuring of the University of Theatre and Film rages on, the political debate has escalated into a full-fledged culture war between the government and the opposition. Both sides rule out the possibility of compromise. READ MORE

Opposing views on Index

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

Opposition-leaning outlets mourn the end of what they see as the leading independent news site while a pro-government analyst believes that Index was a staunchly pro-opposition website. A middle of the road commentator suggest that it was not in the government’s interest to dismantle Index. READ MORE

Sceptical opinions on the chances of the Left

Monday, June 29th, 2020

A left-wing commentator calls on the opposition to boycott the 2022 Parliamentary election. An alt-left blogger thinks that in the absence of a clear vision and strong local presence, the opposition cannot defeat Fidesz. A pro-government columnist contends that the opposition’s ‘Frankenstein coalition’ would be corrupt. READ MORE