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A liberal take on the Slovak presidential election

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Following the election of liberal activist Zuzana Čaputová as President of Slovakia, a liberal pundit believes Hungary would be far better off with presidents elected by plebiscite, rather than by Parliament. READ MORE

A strange campaign-start

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

As parties begin campaigning for their candidates for seats in the European Parliament, left-wing commentators accuse all sides of failing to address genuine issues. READ MORE

Opposition row in Budapest

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

As recriminations erupt among opposition parties in the capital, instead of the hoped for full electoral agreement, left-wing outlets lambast Jobbik and the LMP, while a pro-government commentator rejoices over the incompetence of the opposition. READ MORE

Liberal analyst urges increasing opposition radicalism

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

A liberal political scientist calls on opposition parties to combine radical initiatives in the public square with concerted preparations for the European Parliamentary elections. READ MORE

US midterm elections seen as a ‘draw’

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Although Republicans lost their majority in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, commentators agree that President Trump’s cards remain strong. READ MORE

Plans to relaunch the opposition

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Authors in the opposition weeklies wonder how the dishevelled opposition parties can become a serious challenge to Viktor Orbán.  They do not call for the dissolution of the existing parties but agree that something entirely new must be devised. READ MORE

PM in conflict with Supreme Court

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

After the Prime Minister’s spokesman has sharply criticised a ruling by the Supreme Court to scrap over 4000 postal votes, which resulted in the loss of one Fidesz mandate, a pro-government columnist urges the state to react. READ MORE

Wage increases – a factor in the election result

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

A business analyst argues that the consistent wage increases of the past three years played a significant role in the crushing electoral victory of Fidesz. He warns however that these were in part due to favourable international conditions. READ MORE

Dispute among liberals over the fairness of election

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Three liberal intellectuals question the fairness and legitimacy of the April 8 election. Another liberal commentator suggests that by blaming their defeat purely on allegedly unfair circumstances, the Left could miss an opportunity to revise its strategy. READ MORE

Weeklies on the election

Monday, April 16th, 2018

In their first issues after last Sunday’s election, the five nationwide opposition weeklies paint a desolate picture of Hungary’s future, while the two pro-government ones find that the crushing victory achieved by the government gives it unprecedented legitimacy. READ MORE