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The prospect of a hung Parliament

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

A left-wing commentator speculates on the possibility of a stalemate after the April election. Such a turn of events could eventually lead to a decisive opposition victory, he suggests. READ MORE

Fidesz appears to be ahead in electoral race

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

A liberal author reports that, just 54 days before the parliamentary elections, Fidesz stands a fair chance of defeating the opposition. She estimates that the governing party will do so by winning roughly the same number of votes for its national list, whilst reaping more mandates from individual constituencies. READ MORE

OSCE prepares for ‘full-scale’ electoral monitoring in Hungary

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

A pro-government analyst sees the decision to send an unusually large (for an EU country) electoral monitoring mission to Hungary as part of a campaign to explain away the probable defeat of the opposition at the elections in April. A liberal expert thinks even a large number of monitors will have limited means to oversee the election. READ MORE

Experts comment on food price caps

Saturday, January 15th, 2022

A leading liberal outlet believes the government may have made mistakes by capping the prices of basic food products, but by and large, the decision seems rational from an electoral point of view. READ MORE

Government caps price of basic foodstuffs

Friday, January 14th, 2022

Opposition-leaning outlets lambast the decision announced by the Prime Minister to freeze the price of white sugar, white flour, milk, chicken breasts, pork shanks and sunflower oil at October levels. The move follows a similar government freeze imposed on fuel prices in November, after inflation hit a 14 year high of 7.4 per cent. READ MORE

Conflicting takes on the state of the Hungarian economy

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

A left-wing commentator describes welfare measures introduced barely three months before the next parliamentary elections as a desperate attempt by the government to increase its popularity. His right-wing counterpart believes those measures are proof of sound fundamentals. READ MORE

Left-wing analyst fears post-election violence

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

An opposition-leaning legal and political analyst warns that next year’s election may be followed by political violence. A pro-government commentator dismisses such warnings as mentally unbalanced. READ MORE

PM Orbán vows to ‘keep the EU alive’

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Opinions diverge over what motivated the Prime Minister to say that he will be a staunch supporter of the European Union – even if it were about to fall apart. READ MORE

Opposition and government neck and neck

Friday, August 27th, 2021

A leading pollster finds no substantial changes in the popularity of the two opposing camps among the electorate. He characterises the race as extremely tight at this juncture. READ MORE

Opposition primaries reach their second phase

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

As potential candidates for the September opposition primaries gather signatures for the ballots, a left-wing commentator sees the primary process as a promising experiment. READ MORE