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Weighing the chances of the opposition alliance in 2022

Commentators from across the political spectrum consider that while Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony could be the strongest candidate for the opposition in the 2022 parliamentary election, he might be defeated by the Democratic Coalition’s Klára Dovrev in the primary election this autumn. READ MORE

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Competing visions of colonisation

A left-wing columnist fears that Chinese and Russian investment will weaken Hungary’s economic and cultural sovereignty. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, sees EU federalization as the gravest threat to Hungary’s independence and freedom. READ MORE

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Hungary starts to reopen

As the number of individuals who have received at least the first dose of the vaccine passed 3.5 million, the government reopened open air bars, restaurants and cafes on Saturday. Over the first weekend of partial reopening, large crowds gathered in downtown Budapest where streets and café terraces overflowed with young people. READ MORE

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Row over vaccine efficacy

A pro-government commentator thinks that the official data on vaccine efficacy proves that Eastern vaccines are better than Western ones. A liberal analyst, on the other hand, thinks that the dataset serves only propaganda aims. READ MORE

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Weeklies on political strategies

A full year before the next parliamentary elections, commentators in the weekly print media assess the chances of the opposition and what role Hungary should play in the international arena. READ MORE

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US report compares Hungary and Poland to Turkey

A pro-government analyst rejects a report by three US organisations as a call for NATO to interfere in Hungarian internal affairs. READ MORE

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Covid emergency to be extended

A left-wing commentator accuses the government of intending to extend its special powers in order to make it hard for the opposition to campaign for next year’s parliamentary elections. READ MORE

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Chinese University to open campus in Budapest

An analyst dismisses political misgivings about the plan to establish a Chinese university in the Hungarian capital but questions the financial sustainability of the project. READ MORE

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Concerns about potential EU sanctions before elections in Hungary

With almost one third of the population vaccinated against Covid-19, a pro-government commentator believes the government could feel optimistic about next year’s elections, were it not for a threat from within the European Commission to cut back funds earmarked for Hungary. READ MORE

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Left-wing commentator approves US withdrawal from Afghanistan

A veteran international affairs specialist calls President Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan belated but correct. READ MORE

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