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National Bank intervenes as Forint hits historic low

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

A centrist analyst contends that the sudden weakening of the Forint can be explained by fears over Hungary’s emergency laws rather than by economic factors, and therefore the stabilization of the Hungarian currency’s exchange rate requires the adjustment of the government’s rhetoric and legislation style. READ MORE

Parliament passes coronavirus emergency bill

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

As parliament extends the validity of the special powers conferred on the government until the end of the virus emergency, a left-wing analyst approves the opposition’s strategy to refuse to cooperate with the government on the government’s terms. A pro-government columnist rejects accusations that the government wants to introduce a dictatorship. READ MORE

Opposition accused of irresponsible behaviour

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

A conservative commentator accuses the opposition of opportunistic irresponsibility for refusing to support the government’s new law on extending the virus emergency. READ MORE

Weeklies on the state of emergency

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Weeklies and weekend editions of dailies ponder the economic and social implications of the coronavirus emergency, including discussion of the extension of the state of emergency. READ MORE

Government introduces state of emergency

Friday, March 13th, 2020

As the government gives special powers to the authorities to combat the coronavirus pandemic, closing down universities and introducing strict border controls, pro and anti-government think-tanks clash on Facebook over the legitimacy of the ‘special legal order’ declared on Wednesday. READ MORE

Immigration emergency to be extended

Friday, September 6th, 2019

A left-wing columnist finds it unnecessary to prolong the state of emergency introduced during the 2015 migration crisis. Commenting on the indictment of a suspected ISIS terrorist arrested in Hungary, a pro-government pundit thinks that Europe is still threatened by terrorists who came in 2015 with the big migrant wave. READ MORE

‘State of Migration Emergency’ under fire

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Mandiner doubts whether the declaration of a special state of emergency in view of a potential wave of irregular migrants is legally justified. Magyar Idők quotes experts who believe that it will eventually prove useful. READ MORE

Liberal commentators attack ‘Emergency State of Terror’ bill

Monday, January 25th, 2016

A former Socialist representative puts forward a ’personal conspiracy theory’ about Fidesz’s proposal on the planned ‘Emergency State of Terror’ constitutional amendment, while a liberal commentator calls such laws hotbeds of dictatorship. READ MORE

Snowstorm reveals Hungary’s weaknesses and strengths

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

A pro-government daily accuses the opposition of launching an irresponsible attack on the government after a snowstorm blocked major roads for several days, but also calls for the Prime Minister to explain what caused the delay in clearing the roads. READ MORE

Military registry deemed necessary

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Pundits from both the left and the right acknowledge that it is reasonable to reinstate the registration of Hungarian men of military age. A left-wing commentator, however, worries that the sensitive personal data collected by the government may be misused. READ MORE