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Hungary downgraded by Freedom House


As the American watchdog organisation brands Hungary a ‘hybrid regime’ rather than even a half-consolidated democracy, opposition-leaning commentators believe their position has been vindicated while pro-government authors suggest that the report is deeply flawed. READ MORE

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Ethnic minority petition backed by over a million


A pro-government commentator condemns the Democratic Coalition as the only party in Parliament not supporting a petition demanding direct European cohesion funds for ethnic minority regions. READ MORE

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European Parliament to debate on Hungary again


Opinions diverge on the decision by the European Parliament to discuss Hungary’s ‘coronavirus legislation’. READ MORE

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Parliament rejects the Istanbul Convention


A liberal author blasts the pro-government majority in parliament, which passed a resolution on Tuesday against ratifying the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. A pro-government site and an independent legal analyst disagree, although for differing reasons. READ MORE

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PM Orbán protests against international criticism


As the Prime Minister sends a letter of protest to 53 European People’s Party (EPP) leaders rejecting what he sees as baseless attacks on his government, while a conservative analyst welcomes government efforts to openly confront international critics. READ MORE

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Opposition boycotts anniversary celebration of regime change


A liberal philosopher accuses Fidesz of expropriating the 1990 regime change, while a pro-government analyst suggests that history will remember the opposition’s refusal to take part in an historic remembrance event. READ MORE

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Romanian President’s remarks deemed anti-Hungarian


Commentators on Right and Left alike criticize Romanian President Iohannis for accusing the Romanian opposition of selling out Transylvania to Hungarians and Hungary. READ MORE

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Coronavirus restrictions eased


A left-wing pundit accuses the government of stigmatizing Budapest by starting to lift the coronavirus restrictions only in the countryside. His pro-government counterpart finds such speculation absurd and politically motivated. READ MORE

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Mária Schmidt reads László Rajk Jr’s memoirs


A conservative historian criticizes László Rajk Jr. whom she findsmore critical towards the incumbent government than towards the communist dictatorship. READ MORE

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Dispute over George Soros’s perpetual bonds proposal


A conservative columnist believes that the ‘perpetual eurobonds’ proposed by George Soros would weaken national sovereignty and turn states into debt slaves. A liberal commentator acknowledges that the scheme has some risks, but nonetheless believes that such bonds would benefit Hungary. READ MORE

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