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Repercussions of the Trump-Orbán summit

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Two conservative pundits, one critical of the government, the other a firm supporter, debate whether Hungary’s improved diplomatic relations with the US serve the interests of Hungary. READ MORE

Salvini and Strache in Budapest

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

In their remarks on visits by two right-wing leaders, commentators discuss whether Hungary is marginalising itself from the mainstream or  is working on the renewal of Christian Democracy. READ MORE

Analyses one week before the US-Hungarian summit

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

A left-wing columnist thinks President Trump intends to express concern over Hungary’s co-operation with China and Russia, while pro-government commentators suggest that he wants to bolster Mr Orbán’s position before the European Elections. READ MORE

PM Orbán to meet President Trump, after receiving Mr Salvini

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

A pro-government columnist claims that Hungary has become an important diplomatic actor, citing the news that Viktor Orbán will be received by US President Trump later in May, as well as Italian League leader and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s visit on Thursday to Budapest. A left-wing commentator downplays the importance of President Trump’s invitation. READ MORE

Mike Pompeo’s visit to Budapest

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

The left-wing nationwide daily reports that Hungary has soothed Washington’s concerns over Russian and Chinese ‘penetration’ with promises to boost economic and military cooperation with the United States. READ MORE

PM denies neutrality allegations

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

A left-wing analyst finds it absurd to imagine that Hungary is considering leaving NATO, but accuses the government of intending to ‘ally itself ‘with Russia and China. READ MORE

Opposing takes on US foreign policy

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

Pro-government commentators welcome President Trump’s isolationist foreign policy. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, calls it bad news for Europe and the world. READ MORE

Did Gruevski flee with official consent?

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

A commentator suspects that the Macedonian authorities allowed former PM Gruevski to flee his country after his corruption conviction, because he is less dangerous as a fugitive abroad than as a prisoner at home. READ MORE

Tension between Hungary and Ukraine

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Pro-government sites claim that extreme right-wing Ukrainian organisations which publish the addresses of ethnic Hungarians denouncing them as traitors are being supported by the government in Kiev. A liberal weekly accuses the Hungarian government of playing into Moscow’s hands with its attitude towards Ukraine. READ MORE

Turkish mosque not permitted

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

In the wake of President Erdoğan’s visit to Budapest, a left-wing commentator remarks that despite appearances, Hungarian-Turkish relations ‘are not unclouded’. Hungary refuses to authorise the building of a mosque which would be sponsored by Turkey. READ MORE