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Government accused of plotting against opposition media


A left-wing commentator thinks that the new ‘fake news bill’ will add to the troubles of the non-government-sponsored media. A right-wing author argues that the bill simply meets the requirements of a nationwide health emergency. READ MORE

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President Áder criticised for staying silent


A left-liberal author finds it incomprehensible that the President of the Republic has not yet deemed it necessary to address the nation in the midst of the unprecedented virus emergency. READ MORE

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Opposition refuses accelerated vote on emergency extension


Opposition refuses accelerated vote on emergency extension

A pro-government columnist accuses the opposition of using Monday’s parliamentary session to smear the Prime Minister, while a critic of the government deems the attitude of the parliamentary majority recklessly uncompromising. An independent analyst warns against political hysteria on both sides. READ MORE

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Government seeks to extend special decrees indefinitely


A liberal columnist accuses the government of introducing a dictatorship under the pretext of the Covid-19 pandemic, and urges the opposition to vote against the bill conferring special powers on the government. A pro-government analyst suspects that the opposition intends to foil efforts to contain the epidemic in order to prove that the government is incompetent. READ MORE

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Weeklies on the state of emergency


Weeklies and weekend editions of dailies ponder the economic and social implications of the coronavirus emergency, including discussion of the extension of the state of emergency. READ MORE

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EU seen as a lame duck


Two strongly pro-government commentators think that the coronavirus emergency will further weaken the EU and increase the importance of nation-states. READ MORE

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Government announces loan repayment moratorium


A pro-government commentator welcomes the government’s plan to help Hungarian families and businesses survive the financial problems the coronavirus pandemic is sure to bring. A left-wing pundit calls for more government action to protect jobs. READ MORE

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Hungary shuts the border


A pro-government columnist welcomes the government’s decision to shut down Hungary’s borders. His left-wing counterpart suggests that border closure is just another propaganda stunt and the government is not helping Hungarians cope with the coronavirus epidemic. READ MORE

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Economic shock from coronavirus


An economist writing on Hungary’s leading independent business site calls for immediate intervention by the government and national bank to stimulate the economy and mitigate the economic shocks resulting from the coronavirus emergency. READ MORE

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March 15 anniversary in the shadow of coronavirus


A pro-government and a liberal pundit both call for national unity and solidarity – and accuse the other political camp of undermining trust. READ MORE

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