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All over for Uber in Hungary

Just like most public issues in Hungary, Uber’s pull-out divides commentators along political lines, with those on the left-liberal side accusing the government of protecting corrupt interests, while pro-government authors claiming that Uber does not excel at paying taxes.

Referendum on EU migrant redistribution quotas disputed

Left-wing and liberal pundits interpret the Hungarian government’s referendum against migrant quotas as a vote against the EU. Pro-government columnists, on the other hand, argue that the referendum is not about Hungary’s EU-membership.

Speculation about President Áder’s future

Commentators give credence to rumours that the Prime Minister doesn’t want Mr Áder to be re-elected next year. Opinions diverge, however about the reasons and one source claims that the President took the job four years ago for a single term anyway.

A former banker in the Panama Papers

Following two former politicians, a former prominent banker has also been named as one of the “Panamanian offshore knights.” An independent conservative pundit blames both left and right for talking the talk but not walking the walk on those who dodge tax with offshore accounts.

Hungarian parties lose ground in Slovakia

Hungarian newspapers try to make sense of the chaotic political situation after the elections in Slovakia, and ponder what it means for relations between the two countries.

PM Orbán’s state of the nation address

Commenting on PM Orbán’s annual speech, conservative and pro-government columnists agree with the Prime Minister that the migration crisis is a grave threat to Europe and Hungary. Left-wing commentators, on the other hand, accuse Orbán of anti-EU policies and of ignoring the will of the Hungarians.

US Ambassador criticizes Hungary

Commenting on US Ambassador Colleen Bell’s concerns about the state of affairs in Hungary, pro-government columnists are in no doubt that the US wants to pressurize Hungary into submission. Left-wing pundits, on the other hand, criticize the Hungarian government's response and expect further US-Hungarian diplomatic skirmishes.

Liberal pundit cautions against minimum wage hike

A liberal columnist contends that the Left’s welfare promises are unrealistic and irresponsible. He suggests out that left-wing parties want to significantly increase government spending while at the same time, they deny that this would require tax hikes as well.

PM Orbán’s five-year balance sheet

Left-wing commentators find no novelties in the Prime Minister’s assessment of his government’s five years in power. A right-wing analyst on the other hand believes that he announced a new era of moderation after the conflicts of the recent past.

Plans for an all-inclusive ID card

A left-wing pundit voices privacy concerns over the new ID bill which plans to replace at least half a dozen ID cards with one single ‘e-card’.