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Áder nominated for President

A left-wing columnist thinks that János Áder as president will be a puppet of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. A right-wing commentator, on the other hand, is convinced that Áder is an ideal candidate, since he has the experience and skills to defend himself and Hungary’s democratic image.

Schmitt leaves a controversy behind

Columnists draw conflicting conclusions from President Pál Schmitt’s resignation.

In search of a new President

According to the Constitution, Parliament has to elect the successor of President Pál Schmitt within 30 days, but a popular centrist observer thinks we will find out the new candidate within a week.

President clings to his seat

Whatever their political affiliations, Hungary's daily newspapers are united in regretting  President Pál Schmitt's refusal to resign, despite being stripped of his doctoral title by the Semmelweis University in Budapest.

President misses opportunity to save his dignity

The two leading dailies contend that President Pál Schmitt should have resigned after a fact-finding committee identified academic dishonesty in his doctoral thesis. A left-wing analyst, on the other hand, hopes that Schmitt will stay in office to remind Hungarians of the moral bankruptcy of the Orbán government.

President’s thesis mostly copied

Commentators from across the political spectrum are trying to make sense of a report released by the fact-finding committee investigating whether President Pál Schmitt was guilty of plagiarism in his 1992 doctoral thesis. Commentators from both the right and the left believe that the President should step down.

President Schmitt mocked

In his sarcastic weekly editorial column, the editor of Magyar Narancs cautions against forcing Hungary’s President to resign.

Rumours about Schmitt’s resignation: the President of Hungary in Christian Wulff’s footsteps?

Speculation about the impending resignation of Pál Schmitt continues in the press, as both the Government and the Office of the President maintain their silence about the plagiarism scandal.

Mixed reactions to Orbán’s ‘state of the nation’ address

While left wing commentators see the PM's speech as an act of political PR and miss a sense of dynamism in his words, their right wing counterparts view the PM's address on Tuesday as an expression of optimism. Bloggers agree that this was Viktor Orbán's most pragmatic speech in years.