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Ruminations on life after Covid

Monday, April 19th, 2021

As the third wave of the coronavirus passes its peak, the number of infections declines and the vaccination rate passes 31 per cent, commentators ponder the post-Covid prospects of economic recovery. READ MORE

School reopening partially postponed

Friday, April 16th, 2021

On Thursday, Prime Minister Orbán announced that classroom education will resume on Monday for only the first 4 classes of primary school children. Students in the 5th grade and above will continue to learn online until May 10. READ MORE

Primary schools to reopen next week

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

A conservative commentator lambasts teachers who refuse to be inoculated against Covid 19, as primary schools prepare to resume classroom instruction from next Monday. 75 per cent of teachers and nurses have registered and have already received a first dose of the vaccine. READ MORE

Disagreement over vaccination consensus

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

An independent commentator questions the wisdom of the government’s re-opening plans, while a pro-government pundit questions the honesty of the opposition parties’ pro-vaccination campaign, in light of their earlier criticism of the Chinese and Russian jabs. READ MORE

Plans to start reopening Hungary

Monday, April 5th, 2021

As Prime Minister Orbán announces plans to gradually reopen the country, including schools, as soon as 2.5 million Hungarians have received their first coronavirus vaccination, a fierce and partisan dispute over the government’s strategy to contain the pandemic rolls on. READ MORE

Dispute over new lockdowns and vaccination rollout

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Left-wing commentators criticize the government’s vaccination strategy. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, lambasts the opposition for weakening trust in Eastern jabs. READ MORE

Coronavirus and vaccination as political battlefields

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

As the third wave of the pandemic sweeps through Hungary, commentators from across the political divide discuss the government’s strategy and speculate on the possible date of the end of the emergency. READ MORE

Monetary experts warn against high debt

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

Two chief economists of the Hungarian National Bank dismiss the suggestion, broadly held among left-wing US economists, that governments have no reason to worry about high levels of public debt. READ MORE

Vaccination crossfire

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Pro-government commentators find it absurd for the opposition to now accuse the government of reacting too late to the third wave of the pandemic, when for weeks it has demanded and easing of restrictions. Left-wing and liberal commentators, on the other hand, accuse the government of letting the epidemic get out of control. READ MORE

Government announces new lockdown

Saturday, March 6th, 2021

As the government announces another strict lockdown to stop the third wave of the coronavirus, a pro-government commentator is confident that Hungarians will cope with the restrictions. A liberal columnist accuses the government of responsibility for the deaths of hundreds by not introducing restrictions earlier. READ MORE