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Has shale gas put an end to Eastern opening?

Saturday, December 6th, 2014
A left-wing analyst suggests that Europe‘s exposure to Russian gas supplies will soon come to an end and Russia’s ensuing weakening makes Hungary’s Eastern Opening an impossible option.


Putin scraps South Stream pipeline project

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Commentators on both the left and the right agree that Moscow’s decision to scrap the South Stream pipeline project will weaken Europe and Hungary in terms of safe energy supply. READ MORE

PM Orbán in Berlin

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech in Berlin and his meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, a left-wing columnist believes that Mr Orbán’s vision is too conservative even for German Christian Democrats. Right-wing commentators, on the other hand, contend that the German government regards Hungary as an important and reliable economic and geopolitical ally. READ MORE

Parliament approves Paks nuclear deal

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

The leading left-wing daily speculates that the Paks nuclear plant construction deal with Russia serves only the interests of Moscow and entrepreneurs allied to Fidesz. Pro-government pundits, on the other hand, consider the agreement beneficial for the country, and accuse left-wing politicians of having used the Paks nuclear plant in the past to finance their own party and private business. READ MORE

Russia to build nuclear power plant blocks in Hungary

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Pro-government commentators welcome the nuclear deal between Hungary and Russia, and argue that it will serve the Hungarian national interest. Left-wing columnists, on the other hand, criticize the lack of transparency and the increased dependence on the Russian energy infrastructure which the agreement will cause. READ MORE

Energy company signs agreement on South Stream pipeline

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

As the Hungarian state run energy company reaches agreement with Gazprom on plans for the South Stream pipeline, a leading left-wing daily contends that, in the dispute over the pipeline, PM Orbán has to find a delicate balance between Russia and the EU. READ MORE

Hungarian-Croatian dispute over MOL oil company

Friday, October 4th, 2013

As the Hungarian government joins the dispute between Croatia and the MOL oil company, left-wing and centrist commentators believe that the Orbán government could defend the national interest abroad only by completely contradicting its own rhetoric against foreign investors present in the Hungarian energy sector. READ MORE

Utility tariff cuts as campaign tools

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Commenting on the government’s plan to transform the energy and utility providers into non-profit services, a left-wing and a centrist columnist accuse the government of welfare populism. A right-wing pundit, on the other hand, believes that the Socialists want to increase their popularity by creating a fully welfare dependent constituency. READ MORE

The war around utility tariffs

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The planned legislation on a 10% reduction in all utility prices for households is described as a popular but risky move by business analysts, while partisan commentators criticise or praise it according to their political affiliations. READ MORE

Utility tariff cuts debated

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

A left-wing commentator suggests that the energy price cuts will further slow down the Hungarian economy. Pro-government columnists, on the other hand, find it bizarre that the left opposes the price cuts after criticizing the government for restrictions and austerity. READ MORE