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Mixed reactions to the European Union’s Nobel Peace Prize

Monday, October 15th, 2012

The most important left and right wing dailies identify the message of the Norwegian decision as a clear warning that the values of a United Europe should be preserved. READ MORE

Rival interpretations of second quarter economic decline in Hungary

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The leading left-wing daily claims that worsening economic data may prompt Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to seek tighter control, in order to stave off electoral defeat. The pro-government daily presents the explanation of the Ministry of National Economy, according to which Hungary is doing better than some European neighbours. READ MORE

Are the ’unorthodox’ economic measures becoming mainstream?

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

A right-wing commentator, echoing the government’s claims, believes that the Orbán government’s widely criticised ’unorthodox’ economic measures are being copied by various European countries. A centrist online news site, however, finds such comparisons unconvincing. READ MORE

PM Orbán envisions nation state revival

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

In a comment on Viktor Orbán’s weekend speech, in which the PM blamed Brussels for the mishandling of the economic crisis, pundits on both left and right warn of the perils of the revival of national sovereignty. READ MORE

State should regulate, not dominate business

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

A conservative economist welcomes efforts by the government to increase the state’s role in overseeing markets. He warns however that the government should only get involved in the markets temporarily to restore normality, instead of becoming a permanent actor. READ MORE

Should the government promote equality or performance?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

A left-wing analyst suggests that by subsidising the middle classes, the Hungarian government is going against the grain of current trends in Western economic policies. A conservative philosopher, on the other hand, argues that society must acknowledge merit if it wants to encourage performance. READ MORE

Could Hungary benefit from the IMF’s U-turn?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Pro-government commentators wonder whether Hungary can expect more flexibility from the EU and the IMF, after Olli Rehn and Christine Lagarde suggested that the principle of deficit cuts is not carved in stone – for some EU member states, at least. READ MORE

Reflections on the elections in France and Greece

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Commenting on last weekend’s elections in France and Greece, a left-wing and a liberal conservative analyst both warn that the Hungarian government may be put under increasing international financial and political pressure as discontent with austerity measures increases throughout Europe. READ MORE

Controversy over the new electoral system

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Népszabadság warns the government that its planned electoral reform may spark unprecedented international condemnation. Magyar Nemzet’s commentator, by way of contrast, argues that any charges of anti-democratic tendencies levelled against the government are pointless, as long as Fidesz remains by far the most popular political party. READ MORE

Left wing analysts sceptical on financial outlook

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Commenting on the EU’s decision to keep Hungary under its ‘excessive deficit procedure’, Népszabadság’s main business analyst fears that Hungary cannot avoid a debt-crisis. Another leading columnist in the number one left-wing daily believes that the government has still not given up its policy illusions.