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Dispute over ‘open society’ – and its critics

Monday, April 24th, 2017

As Parliament begins to debate a bill on NGOs which receive foreign funding, pundits across the political spectrum discuss the idea of an ‘open society’, an ideal frequently evoked by George Soros, and assess the status and political role of NGOs in Hungary. READ MORE

The Miskolc controversy weighing over MSZP’s new leadership

Monday, July 21st, 2014

As the Socialist Party elects József Tóbiás as its new Chairman, left-and right-wing analysts continue to lambast the MSZP and DK for supporting a former local police chief as candidate for Miskolc mayor who is widely criticised because of his controversial remarks on Roma crime in the city. READ MORE

A liberal view of the self-defeating left

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

A liberal analyst thinks Fidesz owes its comfortable lead in opinion polls to the weakness of the left-wing opposition. READ MORE

Jobbik wins defamation case

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Liberal commentators criticize the Hungarian justice system for what they see as the misuse of free speech, in their reflections on a court ruling which condemned a historian for calling Jobbik a neo-Nazi party. READ MORE

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

Liberal lawyer against restoring the old constitution

Saturday, March 24th, 2012
A left-liberal jurist thinks the constitutional changes introduced by the right wing government should be rolled back, but advocates a brand new constitution, rather than restoring the previous one. READ MORE

Is Orbán’s offer to negotiate a trap?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

A liberal commentator cautions the opposition parties against cooperating with Viktor Orbán’s government. He suspects that the government has only proposed talks with the opposition in order to strengthen its own legitimacy and entrench its power for years to come. READ MORE

Radical right may profit from anti-EU sentiments

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Liberal and left-wing analysts fear that the strengthening anti-EU rhetoric prevalent among the supporters of the government will in the long run play into the hands of the radical right. READ MORE

IMF-deal would not threaten sovereignty

Friday, December 16th, 2011

An agreement with the IMF would not curtail Hungary’s sovereignty, even if it would somewhat limit the economic options available to the government, a liberal commentator suggests. READ MORE

History paintings ignite culture war

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Left-wing commentators believe that the pictures commissioned by the government to illustrate the deluxe edition of the new Constitution promote a partisan political message. Some young conservative pundits also find the paintings kitschy, while an art historian defends their originality and artistic quality. READ MORE