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Turkish-Hungarian summit in Budapest

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Most news reports on the one-day visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan focus on the extensive road closures that paralysed the city centre for hours. The main pro-government daily argues that Hungary follows the national interest in her ties with Turkey, while an opposition daily disagrees. READ MORE

Hungary promises to keep Russian-controlled bank in check

Friday, August 16th, 2019

A pro-government accuses a left-liberal site of ‘engaging in espionage’ after it reported that PM Orbán promised the US ambassador in private that the Hungarian authorities will not let the Russian-controlled International Investment Bank set up its headquarters in Szabadság Square, opposite the US Embassy. READ MORE

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