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PM Orbán calls for a strong Central Europe

Monday, November 19th, 2018

A pro-government columnist agrees with the Prime Minister’s strategy to strengthen Central European regional cooperation. A left-wing commentator thinks Viktor Orbán’s hopes for Central Europe are just pie in the sky. READ MORE

Dispute over diaspora voting

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

A pro-government pundit finds the Democratic Coalition’s campaign against non-resident Hungarians nauseating. A liberal commentator contends that non-resident votes may help Fidesz to secure another two-thirds majority. READ MORE

One million non-resident Hungarians naturalized

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

A pro-government commentator writes that PM Orbán’s government has restored the unity of the Hungarian nation through making citizenship available for Hungarians living beyond the borders. READ MORE

Hungarian repercussions of the Catalonia referendum

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

A pro-government and an independent conservative pundit ponder the broader implications of the Catalonian referendum, including its impact on transborder Hungarian minorities. Both quote the title of George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’ in their headlines. READ MORE

A left-wing take on transborder voting

Monday, August 14th, 2017

As the government starts mobilizing Hungarian voters in neighboring countries ahead of next year’s general election, a left-wing columnist urges the Left to start a new chapter in transborder politics and reach out to non-resident voters. READ MORE

Far-right irredentism harms Szekler autonomy

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

A conservative columnist suggests that radical right-wing irredentist Hungarians who want to restore Greater Hungary are undermining pro-autonomy movements in Transylvania. READ MORE

Ukraine in the cross-hairs

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Pundits across the political spectrum ponder the fate and future of crisis ridden Ukraine. Left-wing and moderate conservative analysts hope that the EU will help the country down the democratic path, but warn that Russia may try to prevent Ukraine’s European integration. A right-wing daily, on the other hand, cautions against optimism and fears the plundering of Ukraine by Western investors. A centrist blogger proposes federalization as an alternative to break-up. READ MORE

Left fears election fraud

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Left-wing commentators fear that the rules of non-resident external voting will encourage fraud. They explore several scenarios of vote rigging and accuse the government of consciously leaving such loopholes in the legislation. READ MORE

PM Orbán in Transylvania

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Both left and right-wing commentators missed Romanian politicians at this year’s Fidesz summer university at Tusnádfürdő. A left-wing columnist, however, accuses PM Orbán of trans-border vote hunting while his pro-government counterparts believe that the electoral impact of the Hungarian diaspora will be miniscule. READ MORE

Banner war, round two: Szekler flag aflutter on Hungarian Parliament

Monday, February 18th, 2013

A pro-government journalist calls the Romanian response to Hungary’s innocent symbolic gesture aggressive and unreasonable. A left-wing daily on the other hand accuses the government of insensitivity to the delicate problems of beyond-border Hungarian minorities in Romania. READ MORE