Recent Posts

Parliament ends legal recognition of transsexual citizens

May 22nd, 2020

The new law stipulating that sex at birth cannot be changed in legal documents has ignited a debate between two sides which speak mutually exclusive languages.

Romania declares Trianon day a national holiday

May 21st, 2020

Commentators deplore the decision by the Romanian parliament as insensitive to the feelings of ethnic Hungarians, and ascribe it to irrational fears which survive despite sweeping changes in the past century.

Government to terminate emergency

May 20th, 2020

As the government plans to end the ‘state of danger’ on 1 June, opinions diverge on the Prime Minister’s motives.

Opposition calls for Human Resources Minister to be ousted

May 19th, 2020

As the Socialist Party asks how long the Prime Minister is prepared to keep a man in charge of public health whom he himself deems unfit, a liberal analyst is certain that Dr Kásler’s days as Cabinet Minister are numbered.

Hungarian economy grows in Q1

May 18th, 2020

As the Central Statistical Office reports 2.2 per cent first quarter GDP growth, two conservative analysts ponder Hungary’s economic prospects and the return of growth after the coronavirus recession.

Debate over free speech and censorship

May 18th, 2020

The leading pro-government daily accuses ‘George Soros and his network’, in a series of articles, of censoring Facebook content and limiting free speech. A liberal commentator finds the accusations absurd. A neoliberal pundit notes that free speech is under threat throughout Europe.

European Court rules against Hungary’s migrant centers

May 18th, 2020

As the EU’s top court strikes down the transit zones which form the cornerstone of the government’s asylum policies, a liberal and a conservative pundit ponder the future of migration regulations in Hungary and the EU.

European Parliament debates Hungarian emergency measures

May 16th, 2020

In the wake of a debate in the European Parliament on the rule of law in Hungary, a pro-government and a left-wing commentator both find the EP powerless to have a real impact on Hungary’s governance.

Police interrogates alleged fake news spreaders

May 15th, 2020

After Hungarian police interrogated then released two individuals for their Facebook posts critical of the government this week, liberal analysts find their fears justified that the government’s new fake news law threatens the freedom of opinion.

Curia upholds compensation for segregated Roma

May 14th, 2020

Pro-government commentators scorn the Curia (the Hungarian Supreme Court) for upholding the cash compensation for the mostly Roma children who were taught in separate classrooms in the municipality of Gyöngyöspata in northern Hungary. A left-wing philosopher welcomes the decision which he interprets as a victory in the battle against racism.