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No compromise in sight over Theatre and Film University

Monday, September 7th, 2020

As the controversy over the restructuring of the University of Theatre and Film rages on, the political debate has escalated into a full-fledged culture war between the government and the opposition. Both sides rule out the possibility of compromise. READ MORE

Veteran pro-government actor calls for dialogue

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Amidst what is widely seen as a pro-government takeover of the main Theatre and Film Academy from liberal-minded academic staff, a leading conservative actor deplores the lack of dialogue during the restructuring of the institution. READ MORE

Debate over University of Theatre and Film rages on

Monday, August 17th, 2020

Left-wing and liberal authors accuse the government of dictatorial ambitions, after it appointed a pro-government board to run the Budapest University of Theatre and Film. A pro-government writer sees what is happening as part of a reasonable reform of higher education. READ MORE

Dispute over University of Theatre and Film

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

A left-wing pundit accuses the government of trying to restructure the leading University of Theatre and Film university along ideological lines. Pro-government commentators, on the other hand, accuse the Left of using the university for propaganda purposes. READ MORE

Government to overhaul how culture is financed

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of changing the way culture is financed, in order to bring it under its control. Pro-government pundits dismiss the accusations. READ MORE

Hóman remembered for both his merits and his sins

Monday, November 25th, 2019

A pro-government writer admits that monuments to historic heroes should only be erected after a thorough public debate on their merits and faults. READ MORE

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