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Diplomatic standoff at the Hungarian-Austrian border

Friday, July 8th, 2016

As first Austria then Hungary reintroduce temporary border checks, a left-wing commentator fears that unless mutual trust is restored, borders in Europe will soon appear again. READ MORE

Uproar over first statement by new Austrian Chancellor on Hungary

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

A conservative columnist is outraged by a remark attributed to Mr Christian Kern who was quoted to have accused Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán of running a state built on Führerprinzip. Verbatim transcripts show that Mr Kern’s remark was milder than reported. READ MORE

Austria elects leftist green President

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

As environmentalist Alexander van der Bellen snatches a narrow victory in neighbouring Austria from anti-immigrant Norbert Hofer, commentators point out that ‘peaceful, happy and dull’ Austria is now no less divided than Hungary – or much of the world. READ MORE

Austrian Chancellor Faymann resigns

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

As Chancellor Faymann steps down, pundits across the Hungarian political spectrum ponder the implications of the first round of the Austrian Presidential Election. All agree that the main reason for Faymann’s failure is the migration crisis. READ MORE

Austria to erect a border fence

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Commentators on both Left and Right ridicule the Austrian government’s communication stunt:  how to call the proposed fence on the Austrian-Slovenian border a non-fence.  READ MORE

Left-wing takes on Vienna municipal elections

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

In a comment on Sunday’s Vienna municipal elections, a left-wing columnist finds it reassuring that the far-right FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria) could not capitalize on anti-immigrant rhetoric as much as many feared. READ MORE

New laws to curb immigration

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Pundits across the political spectrum wonder how the migrant situation will develop as the flow of migrants shows no signs of abating. READ MORE

Thousands of undocumented migrants leave Hungary

Monday, September 7th, 2015

An agreement with Germany and Austria has allowed Hungary to transfer asylum seekers to the Austrian border. Weeklies and dailies ponder the implications of the crisis and the prospect of its resolution. READ MORE

Migration getting out of control

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Pundits across the political spectrum fear that migration will cause an ever bigger problem in Europe in the absence of a common EU migration framework. The lack of a joint EU solution may also endanger free movement in the EU. READ MORE

Migrants found dead in a lorry

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Népszabadság urges more inclusive attitudes towards migration in order to avoid tragedies caused by ruthless human traffickers. READ MORE