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First round of left-wing Budapest mayoral preliminary

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

As the Párbeszéd (Dialogue) candidate defeats the MSZP candidate in the first round of the Left’S Budapest mayoral preliminary election, both a left-wing and a pro-government columnist doubt whether the Left can defeat Fidesz in the capital. READ MORE

Strategic vacuum on the Left

Monday, November 12th, 2018

A Left-wing pundit laments the depressing disorientation in left-wing politics. He fears that the Socialists are about to squander their chance of winning the mayoral elections in Budapest next year. READ MORE

Imre Nagy statue to be removed to new site

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

A conservative critic of the government accuses the governing party of failing to find a place in its ideology for the remembrance of the martyred Prime Minister of the 1956 revolution. READ MORE

Fidesz candidates win Budapest local elections

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

As Fidesz candidates win landslides in two Budapest district elections, a left-wing commentator accuses the government of fraudulent propaganda. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, thinks that the opposition parties have lost all their credibility. READ MORE

Socialist and liberal politicians accused of corruption

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

The EU anti-fraud agency has published its report on the M4 Budapest metro. The report names Socialist-Liberal politicians and multinational companies as potential participants in Hungary’s largest corruption case. READ MORE

Metro bribe for former Socialist PM?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Magyar Idők accuses former Socialist Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy’s consultancy company of receiving 600 thousand Euros from Alstom. The French company sold a fleet of underground railway carriages to Budapest under the previous, left-liberal administration. READ MORE

Former Socialist Budapest Deputy Mayor receives suspended sentence

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

As the former Deputy Mayor of Budapest gets a suspended prison sentence, commentators both on Left and Right ponder the wider political implications of the court ruling. READ MORE

Friction over Budapest advertising columns

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

A left-liberal weekly accuses the government of abusing its power, as the Budapest Municipal Council removes advertisement columns owned by Lajos Simicska. READ MORE

Budapest under construction

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A left-wing columnist speculates that traffic jams in Budapest caused by simultaneous major reconstruction works show the downside of centralized decision making. A conservative pundit claims that major urban development is worth a couple of months of nuisance. READ MORE

Elections overshadowed by the drama of the Left

Monday, October 13th, 2014
In their last comments before Sunday’s municipal elections, analysts agree on one thing: Fidesz’s overwhelming superiority is mainly due to the deep crisis of the left-wing opposition. Few have much confidence that a sizeable left-wing might rise from the ashes any time soon. READ MORE