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Sebastian Kurz in search of coalition partners


A left-wing columnist hopes that the Austrian People’s Party will form a government with the Greens rather than the anti-immigrant FPÖ. A conservative commentator wishes just the opposite. Another pro-government analyst finds it undemocratic that voters have no leverage over coalition arrangements. READ MORE

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Democracy deemed to be under growing pressure


A leading Hungarian economist of the IMF and the World Bank predicts that discontent with democratic capitalism will increase, and people will turn against the ‘elites that betrayed them’. READ MORE

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Trócsányi’s nomination as EU Commissioner blocked


Pro-government outlets are outraged by the decision of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament to reject Mr Trócsányi’s candidacy. A left-liberal columnist dismisses the PM’s explanation of what happened. READ MORE

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Karácsony’s taped remarks on infighting within the Left


Reacting to a taped conversation in which opposition Budapest mayoral candidate Gergely Karácsony expresses grave moral problems with the Socialist Party, a pro-government columnist urges Karácsony to quit the political scene, while a liberal commentator praises him as a staunch opponent of corruption. READ MORE

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US to relaunch Radio Free Europe in Hungarian


A pro-government commentator thinks that the decision to relaunch RFE broadcasts in Hungarian reflects disagreements between President Trump and the ’deep state’ and will not change the political realities in Hungary. READ MORE

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France and Germany take asylum seekers from Italy and Malta


A pro-government columnist calls the agreement reached by the four Interior Ministers ‘a dishonourable pact’, while a liberal commentator thinks Hungary risks remaining isolated with her anti-immigration policies. READ MORE

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President Áder seen as a weakling environmentalist


The nationwide left-wing daily accuses President János Áder, who represented Hungary at the UN Climate Change Summit in New York, of being a deceitful ‘environmentalist’. READ MORE

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PM Orbán addresses right-wing rally in Rome


A left-liberal website publishes Ferenc Gyurcsány’s commentary suspecting Mr Orbán of planning to become the leader of the sovereignist camp in Europe. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, thinks that the Prime Minister is just representative of the majority of Europeans who oppose unfettered mass immigration. READ MORE

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Weeklies on the coming municipal elections


With just three weeks till the municipal elections, commentators in the weeklies and the weekend editions of the dailies ponder the chances of the opposition to defeat Fidesz candidates in Budapest and major provincial cities. READ MORE

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Skirmish between Varga and Matolcsy


As the Minister of Finance and the President of the National Bank disagree on monetary policy, left-wing and pro-government analysts offer diametrically opposing views on the state of the Hungarian economy. READ MORE

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