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Weeklies on EU recovery fund deal

Monday, July 27th, 2020

The weeklies, and the weekend editions of the dailies ponder the broader implications of the EU recovery fund and the next 7 year budget. Liberal analysts see it as a step towards a more unified Europe, while a Marxist philosopher interprets it as the end of the European dream. Conservative commentators interpret the deal as a great victory for Prime Minister Orbán. READ MORE

First reactions to the EU deal on recovery fund

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

A former Fidesz EU Commissioner believes that the EU agreement on the 750 billion recovery fund is a reasonable deal that offers some perks for all member states – and further strengthens the European Union itself. READ MORE

More on rule of law conditionality of rescue funds

Friday, July 17th, 2020

As Parliament instructs the government to veto making access to Covid rescue funds dependent on rule of law compliance, opinions diverge sharply on the EU’s role in influencing the domestic politics of the member states.

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European Parliament debates Hungarian emergency measures

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

In the wake of a debate in the European Parliament on the rule of law in Hungary, a pro-government and a left-wing commentator both find the EP powerless to have a real impact on Hungary’s governance. READ MORE

EP adopts resolution condemning Poland and Hungary

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

In the very first reactions to the resolution passed by the EP in Strasbourg on Thursday, two opposition outlets believe its implications for both Hungary and Fidesz will be limited.

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European Parliament debates over Hungary and Poland

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

A pro-government columnist believes Hungary’s critics in the EP condemn anyone who opposes their project of a single federal European state. READ MORE

A left-wing take on Article 7 procedure against Hungary

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

A left-wing commentator predicts that the EU will not punish Hungary for the violation of basic democratic norms. He accuses the EU leadership of putting their political interests before the defence of core European values. READ MORE

EU partners brace themselves to punish Hungary

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

After a rule of law hearing about Hungary in Brussels on Monday, a pro-government commentator finds it strange that Hungary and other ‘new’ member states are criticised for alleged violations of democratic values. He claims that democratic decline is more prevalent in the West than in the East of the continent. READ MORE

Hungary’s procedural case against the Article 7 debate

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

A constitutional lawyer quotes verbatim sections of EU legal documents to support his case that votes were unfairly counted in the European Parliament when the assembly activated the Article 7 procedure against Hungary. READ MORE

Dispute with EU rolls on

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Commentators right across the political spectrum ponder the implications of the European People’s Party’s decision to keep Fidesz within its ranks, and French President Macron’s suggestion that EU funding should be conditional on accepting a common EU border policy. READ MORE