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Opposing takes on the government’s windfall taxes

Saturday, May 28th, 2022

A liberal news site predicts that the newly announced special taxes will trigger an infringement procedure by the European Commission. Pro-government commentators, on the other hand, lambast the left-wing opposition for ‘taking the side of big corporations.’ READ MORE

Government declares ‘war emergency’

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

A liberal weekly believes the special powers will be used to take swift measures of the kind used by the government during the Covid pandemic emergency. READ MORE

Covid emergency to be extended

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

A left-wing commentator accuses the government of intending to extend its special powers in order to make it hard for the opposition to campaign for next year’s parliamentary elections. READ MORE

Conflicting takes on Hungary’s coronavirus balance sheet

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of risking the lives of Hungarians by mishandling the coronavirus epidemic. Pro-government columnists, on the other hand, dismiss such criticism as fear-mongering demagoguery. READ MORE

Hungary puts an end to the virus emergency

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

A pro-government pundit ridicules opposition parties which, he suggests, must now admit that their accusations of a ‘perennial dictatorship’ were unfounded. A Socialist lawyer thinks that the new regulations give more power to the government and to employers, whilst leaving the ordinary citizen with less influence or protection than before. READ MORE

Coronavirus emergency ‘to end in mid-June’

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

A pro-government commentator believes that the termination of the emergency proves that the government did not want to misuse power. A liberal columnist acknowledges the necessity of emergency powers, but also thinks that the government abused its position. READ MORE

Government to terminate emergency

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

As the government plans to end the ‘state of danger’ on 1 June, opinions diverge on the Prime Minister’s motives. READ MORE

Debate over free speech and censorship

Monday, May 18th, 2020

The leading pro-government daily accuses ‘George Soros and his network’, in a series of articles, of censoring Facebook content and limiting free speech. A liberal commentator finds the accusations absurd. A neoliberal pundit notes that free speech is under threat throughout Europe. READ MORE

European Parliament debates Hungarian emergency measures

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

In the wake of a debate in the European Parliament on the rule of law in Hungary, a pro-government and a left-wing commentator both find the EP powerless to have a real impact on Hungary’s governance. READ MORE

Police interrogates alleged fake news spreaders

Friday, May 15th, 2020

After Hungarian police interrogated then released two individuals for their Facebook posts critical of the government this week, liberal analysts find their fears justified that the government’s new fake news law threatens the freedom of opinion. READ MORE