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Pedophile ex diplomat sentenced


A left-wing journalist thinks the light sentence carries the message that pro-government offenders can get away with lenient sanctions. A Fidesz MEP also fulminates against the leniency of the verdict but believes it is just one of a series of similarly soft rulings. READ MORE

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The MSZP continues to lose ground


A centrist analyst thinks the Socialist Party should urgently find a convincing mission for itself – or possibly lose its place in Parliament. READ MORE

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Hungary exempts US film crews from EU travel ban


The most popular Hungarian news site warns that Hungarian citizens may pay the price of the government’s decision to let American film crews back into Hungary, although the US doesn’t figure on the list of 15 non-EU countries whose citizens are allowed to visit the European Union. READ MORE

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70 Socialists dream of electoral victory


A veteran Socialist politician describes a vision outlined by a group of his colleagues on how to promote opposition victory at the elections in two years’ time. READ MORE

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Gábor Vona sceptical on opposition chances


In his first interview with Magyar Nemzet since his resignation as chairman of Jobbik, Gábor Vona argues that the opposition parties are competing for the same electorate rather than trying to broaden their combined constituency. READ MORE

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Sceptical opinions on the chances of the Left


A left-wing commentator calls on the opposition to boycott the 2022 Parliamentary election. An alt-left blogger thinks that in the absence of a clear vision and strong local presence, the opposition cannot defeat Fidesz. A pro-government columnist contends that the opposition’s ‘Frankenstein coalition’ would be corrupt. READ MORE

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Moral panic seen as a political weapon


Two liberal scholars accuse the government of fomenting moral panic and using the Roma to create a sense of fear in Hungary. A conservative commentator rejects the allegation and accuses the opposition for using the Roma as a political weapon. READ MORE

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Index.hu fears for its independence


A left-wing sociologist thinks that the owners of Index.hu want to restructure Hungary’s most popular online news site in an attempt to silence yet another media outlet critical of the government. A pro-government commentator dismisses the accusation, and claims that restructuring is necessary because of diminishing revenues.

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National Bank cuts base rate


A pro-government analyst welcomes the National Bank’s decision to cut the base interest rate to 0.75 per cent in order to boost growth. A left-wing commentator fears that the Forint will sink further and Hungarian families will save less. READ MORE

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Donald Trump seen as Hungary’s friend  


A pro-government commentator suggests that Hungary would benefit from the re-election of President Trump in November. He calls Prime Minister Orbán a strategic and ideological ally of the US President. READ MORE

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