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Voting in opposition primaries underway

Monday, September 20th, 2021

As voting begins in the opposition primaries to choose PM Orbán’s challenger, weeklies and the weekend editions of dailies wonder whether the opposition would and could overhaul the constitution even in the absence of the required two-thirds majority. READ MORE

Leftist icon cautions against hatred in electoral campaign

Saturday, September 11th, 2021

An iconic leftist philosopher warns opposition politicians that hateful campaign messages do not make those who use them any better than their opponents – and only produce havoc and injustice. READ MORE

Conservative lawyer opposes ’constitutional revolution’

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

One of the protagonists of the 1989/1990 regime change dismisses the idea, put forward by several opposition-leaning intellectuals, that if the opposition wins the elections next year, the new parliament can simply scrap the Fundamental Law, even without the required two-thirds majority in Parliament. READ MORE

Opposition debate continues on how to revoke the constitution

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

On consecutive days, the left-wing national daily carries two diverging opinions about whether the Left should swiftly abolish the Fundamental Law passed by the Fidesz majority in 2011. READ MORE

Opposition discusses chances of electoral victory

Monday, May 24th, 2021

The editor-in-chief of a left-wing weekly promises impartial coverage of the upcoming opposition primaries, while a close associate of Budapest Mayor and potential opposition frontrunner Gergely Karácsony ponders the possibility of rolling back pivotal legislation carried through by Viktor Orbán’s cabinet. Finally, a political scientist ruminates on the distribution of power between government and opposition within the Hungarian party system. READ MORE

Parliament passes the 9th Amendment to the Fundamental Law

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

While the opposition concentrates its critique of the constitutional amendments on gay rights, a centrist political analyst believes they have picked the wrong target. READ MORE

Conflicting takes on Hungary’s coronavirus balance sheet

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of risking the lives of Hungarians by mishandling the coronavirus epidemic. Pro-government columnists, on the other hand, dismiss such criticism as fear-mongering demagoguery. READ MORE

Government to amend the constitution

Friday, November 13th, 2020

A conservative commentator lambasts the government’s proposed 9th amendment to the Fundamental Law, fearing that it will make it easier to channel pubic money to pro-government foundations. A pro-government columnist welcomes the proposed amendments that aim to defend Christian and traditional family and gender values. READ MORE

Dispute over constitutional amendments

Monday, June 18th, 2018

A Marxist philosopher excoriates the government’s proposed constitutional amendments and accuses the government of ethnic nationalist politics as well as the uprooting of the rule of law. A conservative lawyer, on the other hand, thinks that the defence of Hungary’s ethnic composition and constitutional identity is necessary to strengthen democracy. READ MORE

Fidesz to ban living in public space

Friday, June 15th, 2018

As Fidesz MPs ask the government to introduce a constitutional ban on sleeping rough regularly and living on the streets in general, a left-wing Christian pundit finds the proposal inhumane, while a pro-government columnist welcomes it. READ MORE