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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.


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

Árpád Göncz dies at 93

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Commentators across the political spectrum pay their tributes to former President Árpád Göncz who died at the age of 93 in Budapest on Tuesday. As political leaders expressed their appreciation of his career, regardless of their affiliations, analysts underline his role as an outstanding actor of the democratic transition. READ MORE

Political demonstration by Austrian theatre

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Conservative commentators deplore a political statement read out by an actor of Vienna’a Burgtheater in Budapest after a performance of Chekhov’s Seagull at the annual international festival in Hungary’s National Theatre. Left-wing analysts are divided. READ MORE

Renaming Ságvári High

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

A left-wing author calls on the competent Cabinet Minister to prevent those who want to rename a high school in Szeged from getting their way. The Ságvári school was named after a Communist who fought against Nazi occupation in 1944 and was killed when he opened fire on the policemen who wanted to arrest him. READ MORE

House of Fates to express a ‘Love Story’

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Historian Mária Schmidt, in charge of the ‘House of Fates’ project, defends the concept of the planned Holocaust memorial museum against leftist criticism and condemns the Cabinet Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s office for employing one of the main opponents of the project as his adviser. READ MORE

Hungary’s ‘cold civil war’

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

A moderate writer likens the bitter feud between the pro-government camp and the opposition to the bitter warfare raging in Gaza and Ukraine. Peace is a distant dream, he believes. READ MORE

Nazi invasion memorial completed

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The leading left-wing daily accuses the government of arrogance and the falsification of history, as the monument commemorating the victims of the 1944 Nazi occupation of Hungary is completed. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, believes that the memorial is a good visualization of the national tragedy caused by the loss of its sovereignty, without whitewashing Hungary of its own historical responsibility. READ MORE

Historians’ debate reheated

Monday, July 14th, 2014

A leading conservative historian accuses a group of left-liberal intellectuals of creating vicious divisions within society by using World War Two history for political purposes. Liberal historians reply by accusing her of historical revisionism. READ MORE