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Majtényi proposed as opposition candidate for President

Friday, January 6th, 2017

A liberal pundit believes that Mr Majtényi, despite his credentials as a fierce critic of the government, would not be able to influence the course of events. Other commentators see contradictions on the side of the promoters of Mr Majtényi’s candidacy and in the attitude of the potential candidate himself. READ MORE

President Áder to be re-elected

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

As President Áder accepts PM Orbán’s nomination for a second presidential term, analysts sharply disagree in evaluating his New Year address. READ MORE

President Áder to serve another five years?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

A left-wing columnist believes that as the President’s term in office expires next year, both he and the Prime Minister may change their minds and opt for extending his stay in Buda’s Sándor Palace. READ MORE

Speculation about President Áder’s future

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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. READ MORE

President refuses to sign controversial laws

Friday, March 11th, 2016

A day after János Áder sent bills restricting public scrutiny both of foundations run by the National Bank and the postal services to the Constitutional Court for review, Heti Válasz worries about government policies which it believes could undermine the party’s own power base, while Magyar Nemzet urges the inner opposition within Fidesz to come forward. READ MORE

President Áder announces election date

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The date of the election itself has become a campaign topic, with left-wing commentators suspecting that the President’s decision was prompted by political convenience rather than neutral rationality.  READ MORE

Áder compelled to take sides

Friday, March 15th, 2013

A popular centrist analyst believes that by deciding to sign the controversial constitutional amendments, the President has given up his effort to stand above the political fray. READ MORE

President Áder to sign the amendments

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The President has announced that he will sign the controversial amendments to the Constitution. Earlier, a left-wing pundit argued that he should raise his voice against them. A pro-government legal expert objected that the President had no other lawful option than to promulgate the amendments. READ MORE

Who could benefit from voter registration?

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Commentators discuss the government’s plan to introduce mandatory voter registration, and caution that pre-registration may not be a useful tool to keep angry, politically under-informed and possibly radical voters away from the ballot box. READ MORE

Socialist leaders criticised for boycotting presidential inauguration

Friday, May 18th, 2012

A leading left-wing commentator praises President János Áder’s inauguration address and scolds leading MSZP (Socialist Party) officials who collectively refused to attend the ceremony. READ MORE