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Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Hungary

The Israeli Prime Minister is criticised by a left-wing pundit, while his visit is interpreted by a right-wing commentator as convincing proof that the accusations of anti-Semitism levelled against the Hungarian government from time to time are groundless.

More on Constitutional Court election

While left-wing parties accuse the LMP of “collaborating” with the ruling parties, the first left-wing media reaction is only mildly negative. A liberal and a conservative analyst, although both critical of the government, see the election of the missing Constitutional Court judges in a positive light.

Bank mogul falls out of favour with government

News analysts come forward with elaborate theories to explain what appears to be the sudden downfall of Hungarian bank mogul Zoltán Spéder from the echelons of power, but they admit that they lack facts to corroborate their explanations.

Government campaign against compulsory quotas

As the first posters appear in a government campaign to mobilise voters ahead of the referendum on EU plans to relocate migrants among member states, commentators disagree on the possible impact of the campaign and the referendum itself.

Lessons of the Salgótarján mayoral by-election

Following the victory of the MSZP candidate in the mayoral elections in the municipality of Salgótarján, analysts across the political board point out that if left-wing and radical right voters back the same candidate, they can defeat the governing party.

Former MSZP politician may avoid imprisonment

A conservative columnist contends that although former MSZP Vice President Gábor Simon, currently under investigation for undeclared assets, may avoid imprisonment, voters will not acquit the Socialists of corruption charges.

Tax authority chief admits being US ban

Left-wing commentators accuse the government of having lied for two weeks by claiming not to know if the President of the Tax Authority was one of the six Hungarians banned from entering the United States, on suspicion of corruption. A leading politician reiterates that Mrs Vida never informed the cabinet.

Far-right mayor stages anti-Israel performance

Columnists from both left and right express their disappointment that in contemporary Hungary the mayor of a small municipality can gain public attention through staging an idiotic and nonsensical, but at the same time potentially harmful anti-Semitic performance.

Ads tax plan under fire

The leading pro-government daily says a proposed new law would endanger media freedom without aubstantially benefiting the budget.  

Fidesz to offer a pact to Socialists?

A young pro-government writer suggests that Fidesz helped the Socialists to preserve their place in Hungarian politics, and now it is time for the MSZP to take up the offer and give up “the democracy agenda”. The author, a member of the Young Christian Democrats (affiliated with the Fidesz-KDNP coalition) ...