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The Imre Nagy anniversary

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

A pro-government correspondent hopes that the Prime Minister will always keep in mind the importance of the moral principles that guided him 27 years ago when he made his historic speech on the day of the reburial of the martyred Prime Minister of the 1956 revolution. READ MORE

Béla Biszku receives suspended sentence

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

A pro-government commentator finds the light sentence handed down to a former high-ranking Communist leader outrageous, and accuses the court of falsifying history and encouraging delinquency. READ MORE

October 23rd — a dull anniversary

Monday, October 26th, 2015

The political rallies organised on 23rd October, the anniversary of the 1956 revolution were attended by very few people, for the first time since such meetings were allowed in 1989. Commentators analyse the context – dwelling on the most disparate factors, from the weakness of the Left to the migration crisis. READ MORE

Division on the anniversary of 1956

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Newspapers contrast the current divisions Iin Hungary to the short lived national unity of the two weeks of the 1956 revolution. The dailies are not published on national holidays, including October 23, but devote editorials to 1956 in their Thursday editions. READ MORE

First reactions to Putin’s visit

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Left-wing and liberal columnists accuse PM Orbán of assisting Russian President Putin in his geopolitical tricks. A pro-government pundit contends that Hungary, like Europe, needs to maintain good relations with Russia for pragmatic reasons. READ MORE

Competing claims for ’56

Friday, October 24th, 2014

On the 58th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution, commentators tend to claim the sole inheritance of the revolution for their own political families and deem the opposing side unworthy of the memory of the anti-Soviet uprising. READ MORE

Commemorating the anniversary of the reburial of Imre Nagy

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

As Hungary commemorates the 1989 reburial of Prime Minister Imre Nagy and his colleagues executed following the Revolution of 1956, political commentators try to trace the contemporary relevance of this event, strictly in line with their current political affiliations. READ MORE

Right-wing comments on Béla Biszku’s sentence

Friday, May 16th, 2014

According to a pro-government daily, the Hungarian left is soft on Béla Biszku, and asks for a symbolic sentence, but did not protest when the Wiesenthal Center accused Hungary of not being tough enough on Sándor Képíró, who stood trial for War crimes in 1942, and was acquitted. Another pro-government daily says Biszku cannot be forgiven for he never admitted his guilt. READ MORE

Biszku sentenced for war crimes

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Left and liberal papers question the wisdom of the prison sentence handed down to Béla Biszku, a former high ranking communist, for war crimes committed after the 1956 revolution. They echo the arguments of the defence that the trial was politically motivated. READ MORE

Controversial 1956 commemorations

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Analysts across the political spectrum agree that politicians used the anniversary of the 1956 revolution to kick off the election campaign. READ MORE