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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

Erdogan in Budapest

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

After the first day of President Erdogan’s visit to Budapest, left-wing outlets complain about the absence of criticism of oppression in Turkey on the part of the government and remark that public demonstrations against the Turkish President have been feeble. READ MORE

French Ambassador to Budapest replaced after Pro-Orbán memo

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

A conservative author thinks the French Foreign Ministry harmed itself by leaking a confidential note in which its ambassador to Budapest suggested a shift in France’s attitude toward the Hungarian Prime Minister. READ MORE

US-Hungarian FM talks

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

A left-wing commentator suggests that the government had to make concessions as the price for Foreign Minister Péter Szíjjártó’s meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. READ MORE

Hungary sides with US on moving embassy to Jerusalem

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Although Hungary (along with the Czech Republic and Romania) vetoed an EU statement condemning the relocation of the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, a pro-government columnist warns that President Trump’s move may be responsible for more violence in the region. A left-wing commentator finds it unwise for the Hungarian government to have sided the US rather than the EU. READ MORE

Diplomatic row with Romania over the Szekler flag

Friday, January 19th, 2018

A left-wing commentator explains that the Prime Minister of Romania resigned for reasons unconnected to the Hungarian protest against his statement on the Szekler flag. READ MORE

Diplomatic row over remarks by the US charge d’affaires on the press 

Friday, October 20th, 2017

A pro-government columnist criticizes the US charge d’affaires for accusing the Hungarian government of interfering with the media. A left-wing analyst thinks that Hungarian-US relations are unlikely to improve under the Trump administration.    READ MORE

Dutch-Hungarian diplomatic dispute

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Pro-government commentators welcome the government’s firm reaction to criticism from the Dutch ambassador to Budapest. Left-wing and liberal pundits, on the other hand, accuse the government of paranoia and overreaction. READ MORE

US State Department disagrees with CEU bill

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

A statement by the spokesman of the State Department has added further vigour to the debate over the future of Budapest’s Central European University. One side forthrightly condemns the planned new legislation, while the other dismisses the unfolding protest as mere hysteria. READ MORE