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PM Orbán’s success explained


A left-wing sociologist believes that Mr Orbán’s success is due to the popularity of illiberal populist politics in the wider world READ MORE

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Fidesz dominates the media landscape


After the ‘recapture’ of HírTV’ by the government side, left-wing commentators paint a bleak picture of the Hungarian media landscape, while a pro-government author lays the blame at the door of the tycoon who lured conservative journalists into his anti-Orbán offensive and then left them in the lurch. READ MORE

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More on HirTV takeover


A left-wing analyst believes the government side was led by an emotional need to recapture HírTV from its critics, while a pro-government commentator excoriates the left-liberal demonstrators who protested against the takeover. READ MORE

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HírTV back in the government fold


Left-wing commentators see the takeover of Hungary’s first TV news channel as a sign of mounting authoritarianism, while pro-government newspapers declare that justice has been done. READ MORE

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Mixed Romanian Reaction to PM Orbán’s speech


A pro-government columnist suggests that Mr Orbán’s proposals on closer Central-European cooperation have been favourably met by Romanian governing circles. READ MORE

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The Ratkó generation reaches retirement age


A left-wing sociologist warns that ageing baby boomers born in the 1950s will create a welfare emergency unless the government urgently builds new old age homes. READ MORE

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More on PM Orbán’s strategy speech


Commentators on the two sides of the political-cultural divide provide diametrically opposing interpretations of the Prime Minister’s customary annual address at the Fidesz founded Transylvanian ’Summer University’ (see BudaPost, July 30). READ MORE

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First comments on PM Orbán’s speech at Tusnadfürdő


In their first reactions to PM Orbán’s Tusnádfürdő address, liberal and left-wing commentators suggest that Viktor Orbán wants to elevate his illiberal politics to the European stage. Pro-government columnist agree with the Prime Minister that liberal elites need to be replaced. READ MORE

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Jobbik in free fall


Commenting on the latest opinion polls, a pro-government analyst contends that Jobbik is in deep crisis, and will find it extremely hard to reverse its decline. READ MORE

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Trump’s politics in the spotlight


A liberal analyst believes that US President Trump’s ‘simulated madness’ helps him broker deals at the international level. A conservative economist explains US geopolitics in terms of Donald Trump’s efforts to put the US national interest before private business interests. READ MORE

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