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Karácsony accused of accepting foreign electoral donations

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

A pro-government columnist ridicules the explanations of the Mayor of Budapest about the donations his organisation received in foreign currencies in the runup to last year’s general elections. READ MORE

Police investigate Márki-Zay’s campaign financing

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

As the Hungarian police launch an investigation into the funding of Péter Márki-Zay’s campaign in the April election, a pro-government pundit accuses the opposition of serving foreign interests. A left-wing columnist retorts that pro-government NGOs use public funding all the time to promote the government’s messages. READ MORE

Márki-Zay’s foreign funding 

Thursday, September 1st, 2022

A pro-government columnist claims that by receiving several hundred million Forints in campaign donations from a US foundation, the opposition frontrunner in the April election became a puppet of his foreign supporters. READ MORE

Row over electoral law amendments

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

A pro-government columnist finds opposition criticism of the amendments proposed to the electoral law groundless and even absurd, arguing that the proposal targeting tiny pseudo-parties. A liberal commentator agrees that the proposed changes are not all unfavourable for the opposition, but nonetheless deems it problematic that the government tables such important policy reforms under the coronavirus emergency. READ MORE

Will Jobbik declare bankruptcy?

Monday, February 4th, 2019

As Jobbik is brought to the brink of insolvency by fines meted out for illegal campaign financing, two pro-government outlets accuse Jobbik’s leadership of selling out it principles – and incompetence, to boot. READ MORE

Deferred payment offered on fines for illegal party financing

Monday, January 15th, 2018

A liberal commentator suspects a trap, as Minister of National Economy Mihály Varga offers a possibility for the deferred payment of fees levied on opposition parties found guilty of illicit campaign financing. A pro-government columnist dismisses similar criticism by opposition parties. READ MORE

Poster bill is back in parliament

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

As the government tries to push its ban on political posters outside electoral campaigns through Parliament, a left-wing commentator claims that if successful, this would deprive   opposition parties of one of their few remaining tools to reach a wider public. READ MORE

Campaign ad law amendments rejected by Parliament

Friday, June 16th, 2017

A pro-government commentator accuses opposition parties of corruption after opposition MPs rejected the government’s amendments to the political campaign law. Magyar Nemzet’s columnist, on the other hand, thinks that the government wants to silence the opposition. READ MORE

A one-party system in the making?

Monday, October 6th, 2014

One week before  the municipal elections, commentators see critical signs on both sides of the dividing line between mainstream parties. But they disagree on the nature of the political model being shaped by a majority which is increasingly left without a powerful opposition. READ MORE

Repercussions of the Simon scandal

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Commentators are less than convinced about the explanations offered by the MSZP about the undeclared assets of a leading Socialist. Left-wing pundits, however, are calling for similar investigations of right-wing politicians’ wealth as well as more transparent campaign regulations. READ MORE