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Ruminations on life after Covid

Monday, April 19th, 2021

As the third wave of the coronavirus passes its peak, the number of infections declines and the vaccination rate passes 31 per cent, commentators ponder the post-Covid prospects of economic recovery. READ MORE

School reopening partially postponed

Friday, April 16th, 2021

On Thursday, Prime Minister Orbán announced that classroom education will resume on Monday for only the first 4 classes of primary school children. Students in the 5th grade and above will continue to learn online until May 10. READ MORE

Monetary experts warn against high debt

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

Two chief economists of the Hungarian National Bank dismiss the suggestion, broadly held among left-wing US economists, that governments have no reason to worry about high levels of public debt. READ MORE

Vaccination crossfire

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Pro-government commentators find it absurd for the opposition to now accuse the government of reacting too late to the third wave of the pandemic, when for weeks it has demanded and easing of restrictions. Left-wing and liberal commentators, on the other hand, accuse the government of letting the epidemic get out of control. READ MORE

Hungary’s vaccine rollout in comparative perspective

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

As Hungary starts using the Russian coronavirus shots for for the elderly and vulnerable, and the health authorities continue to study the Chinese Sinopharm jab, the leading business online media examines the global vaccination data. READ MORE

EU recovery fund ‘not a threat to sovereignty’

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

A former vice-president of the Hungarian National Bank dismisses the suggestion that the 750 billion euro coronavirus recovery fund marks the federalization of the European Union. READ MORE

Hungarian authorities review Chinese Covid vaccine

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

A centrist economic analyst thinks that if the government wants to lift the lockdown soon, it needs to consider the use of the Chinese vaccine, despite the fact that most Hungarians reject it. READ MORE

Row over law of conditionality EU deal rumbles on

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Commentators on Left and Right ponder the broader implications of the EU’s rule of law conditionality. Most importantly, they try to gauge how and when it could be used against Hungary. READ MORE

Coronavirus restrictions prolonged

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Commentators on Left and Right interpret the government’s decision to extend the coronavirus restrictions according to their political leanings.
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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