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Top court rejects referendum on Budapest’s Olympic bid

  Liberal commentators portray Wednesday’s decision by the Kúria, Hungary's supreme court to reject a referendum on Budapest's bid for the 2024 Olympic games, as politically motivated.

RTL Klub revolts

Commentators agree that RTL Klub, the leading commercial TV channel has launched a harsh anti-government reporting campaign in retaliation for the new advertisement tax.

Foreign press under fire

A pro-government weekly carries a long list of baseless allegations about Hungary in the foreign press, while a liberal news outlet criticizes Die Welt for misinterpreting an interview with a Hungarian historian, and failing to provide space for a rebuttal.

PM Orbán’s speech at the World Jewish Congress

A left-wing columnist finds PM Orbán's speech at the World Jewish Congress too timid. He believes while the PM condemns anti-Semitism, at the same time he is trying to secure the support of far-right voters by reviving the cult of the anti-Semitic interwar era.

Ruminations about the far-right demonstration

A liberal columnist believes that PM Orbán's disrespect for the rule of law is a greater threat to Hungary than racist protesters. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, contends that whatever it does, the Orbán government will either be labeled as anti-democratic, or as racist.

Anniversary swept away by the snowstorm

The traditional open-air March 15 rallies on Hungary’s national holiday were cancelled due to the exceptional meteorological conditions, but nothing prevented the dailies from fighting their usual opinion duels on the anniversary.

Protesters occupy Fidesz headquarters

A pro-government columnist accuses opposition protesters of provocation and radicalism. A left-wing pundit, on the other hand, fears that the government is about to create a volunteer army of its supporters and steer the country to the brink of civil war.

Bayer denies racism charge and predicts the demise of ‘white Christian Europe’

Zsolt Bayer, known for his controversial statements, and often accused of racism and anti-Semitism, sums up his credo and defends himself against the charges.

Wiesel returns Hungarian award

A right-wing columnist downplays the importance of Elie Wiesel’s decision to return the highest Hungarian state honour in protest against what he sees as the government’s efforts to restore anti-Semitic icons. A left-wing pundit, on the other hand, believes that the case will receive international attention and further harm the ...