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Conflicting political claims on Endre Ady

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

On the 100th anniversary of the death of one of Hungary’s greatest poets, a left-liberal columnist and a pro-government commentator trade accusations that the opposite side is fraudulently recruiting Endre Ady to their own camp. READ MORE

End of year report from the culture war

Monday, December 31st, 2018

A pro-government commentator calls on the Right to use its political power to end what he calls ‘liberal dominance’ in culture. A liberal pundit mocks the government’s efforts to transform the cultural landscape. READ MORE

Pröhle ‘will keep his seat’

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

A conservative critic of the government believes political skirmishes are often petty personal showdowns. As an example, he quotes the attacks on the director of the Budapest Literary Museum who, to his knowledge was personally defended by PM Orbán. READ MORE

Dispute over gender studies

Monday, August 13th, 2018

As the government proposes to cancel the accreditation of gender studies university degree programs, left-wing and liberal pundits accuse it of ideologically driven interference in higher education. Conservative commentators are divided on the proposed ban. READ MORE

Flare ups in culture wars

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

After a pro-government historian complained that literature and the arts are still ruled by left-liberal pundits and called for a shift in attitudes, left-wing commentators accuse the government side of nursing dictatorial ambitions in the arts world. READ MORE

Opposition opinion makers seen as living in a bubble

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

A left-wing political scientist finds that the cultures war being waged by the intellectual élite of the opposition doesn’t even remotely intersect with the desires, the complaints and the ambitions of the majority. READ MORE

FINA World Aquatics Championship in Budapest

Monday, July 17th, 2017

A left-wing weekly and a centrist commentator accuse the government of using the water sports championship for propaganda purposes and corruption. A pro-government pundit finds such accusations pathetic and politically motivated. READ MORE

Lukács’ statue removed

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Ahead of a memorial event planned in the park where the communist philosopher’s statue stood until late March, two opposing views have been expressed in the press on whether or not György Lukács should be revered as a valuable part of Hungary’s intellectual heritage. READ MORE

Partisan divide blamed

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
A conservative pundit warns that actors on both sides of the political divide tend to see the devil in each other and offer mutually unrealistic scenarios to explain history and current events.

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Christmas ruminations on the culture wars

Friday, December 25th, 2015

A conservative commentator calls for more moderation and sensitivity in ideological debates. Although the country can be run without a meaningful exchange of ideas, excessive polarization is harmful for society and the individual. READ MORE