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Culture war over a 150-year-old novel

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

A poet has stirred sharp controversy with her remark that a literary classic should be removed from the list of mandatory reading in Hungarian schools because it assigns a subordinate role to women. READ MORE

Dispatches from the trenches in the culture war

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

A pro-government commentator finds it justified for the government to have reclaimed national sovereignty from what he calls the ‘post-Communist deep state’. Two liberal analysts, on the other hand, accuse the Orbán government of uprooting democratic rule and introducing far-right authoritarian governance. READ MORE

Two opposing views on the culture war

Friday, February 5th, 2021

An alt-left historian accuses the elites of betraying the working class by embracing liberal and nationalist versions of pro-market bourgeois ideologies. A pro-government pundit welcomes the government’s efforts to weaken the cultural and intellectual domination of left-wing liberal elites. READ MORE

Vidnyánszky offers compromise on Theatre and Film University

Friday, September 11th, 2020

In an interview with the left-wing nationwide daily, the chairman of the government-appointed board in charge of the Theatre and Film University strikes an appeasing note. READ MORE

Theatre and Film University conflict rolls on

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Reacting to a several thousand strong demonstration organised  by students of the university on Sunday, and to their already week-long occupation of their school, opposition-leaning commentators see their protest as harbinger of a new era, while pro-government authors believe they are manipulated by left-liberal intellectuals trying to protect their leading positions in Hungarian cultural life. READ MORE