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Phasing out Russian oil still dominates news

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Pro-government commentators find the EU proposal to eliminate Russian oil unrealistic and even counterproductive. Left-wing and liberal pundits also acknowledge the economic cost of an oil embargo, but fear that abandoning or diluting the plan would weaken the EU and benefit Russia. READ MORE

Foreign Minister reaffirms objections to EU sanctions on Russian oil

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

A pro-government pundit, as well as his alt-left counterpart, agree that the EU’s proposed embargo on Russian oil would harm the EU more than Russia, and is unlikely to stop the war. READ MORE

Russia cuts gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria

Friday, April 29th, 2022
A pro-government analyst hopes that the war will soon end and EU-Russian relations will normalize, as Hungary is dependent on cheap Russian gas. A financial analyst quoted in the leading left-wing daily thinks that Hungary will need to help Bulgaria, after it was cut off from Russian gas.

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Opposing views on gas imports from Russia

Friday, March 11th, 2022

A left-wing commentator proposes that Hungarians cut back their consumption of natural gas, to reduce the country’s dependence on Russian supplies. A pro-government columnist accuses the left of betraying the national interest on this issue. READ MORE

Different takes on Hungary’s dependency on Russian gas

Friday, March 4th, 2022

A pro-government columnist lambasts the opposition for demanding more independence from Russian energy imports. A liberal pundit accuses the government of compromising moral values by doing business with authoritarian regimes. READ MORE

Inflation soars, government caps fuel prices

Saturday, November 13th, 2021

A left-wing commentator accuses the government of trying to mitigate an inflation caused, in part, by its own policies. His right-wing counterpart praises the measure as beneficial for consumers and businesses alike. READ MORE

Soaring energy prices

Saturday, October 16th, 2021

As energy prices skyrocket, a left-wing commentator calls on the government to lower taxes on gasoline. A conservative economist thinks that rising energy prices impact Hungary less than many other EU countries, thanks to the diversification of energy supply. READ MORE

Hungary in the front line of energy supply competition

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

A liberal commentator points out that Hungary has become less dependent on Russian gas imports, and its energy security may improve further if new pipelines are built in Europe. READ MORE

Rising electricity prices may make Paks 2 profitable

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

A business analyst who has been sceptical until now of the government’s maths on the financial viability of the new nuclear blocks to be built at Paks, now believes that the project might become profitable as a result of the unexpected but steady rise in international electricity prices. Construction is due to begin this year. READ MORE

President Putin in Budapest

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Commenting on the Russian President’s short visit to Hungary, a left-wing columnist fears that the government wants to make Hungary part of the illiberal East. A conservative and a centrist pundit dismiss such fears, but also caution against too strong ties with Russia. READ MORE