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Weeklies on EU recovery fund deal

Monday, July 27th, 2020

The weeklies, and the weekend editions of the dailies ponder the broader implications of the EU recovery fund and the next 7 year budget. Liberal analysts see it as a step towards a more unified Europe, while a Marxist philosopher interprets it as the end of the European dream. Conservative commentators interpret the deal as a great victory for Prime Minister Orbán. READ MORE

More debates on EU rule of law conditionality

Friday, July 24th, 2020

A centrist and a conservative analyst believe that the EU recovery fund agreement offers powerful tools for the European Council to punish countries found guilty of violating basic EU norms. READ MORE

EU recovery fund deal seen as a success for both Hungary and PM Orbán

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Some left-wing commentators interpret the EU recovery fund agreement as a victory for Prime Minister Orbán, and a defeat for a unified Europe. Others disagree. Pro-government columnists welcome the deal as a pragmatic compromise, and see it as a huge defeat for liberals who accused the Hungarian government of violating democratic norms. READ MORE

First reactions to the EU deal on recovery fund

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

A former Fidesz EU Commissioner believes that the EU agreement on the 750 billion recovery fund is a reasonable deal that offers some perks for all member states – and further strengthens the European Union itself. READ MORE

EU summit prolonged into Monday

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

A pro-government columnist agrees with Prime Minister Orbán that Hungary stands falsely accused of violating EU norms. His left-wing counterpart likens the EU summit on recovery funds to a pathetic exercise in horse-trading. READ MORE

Government accused of excluding Budapest from EU funds

Friday, January 17th, 2020

The nationwide left-wing daily stands by its claim that the government has submitted to the European Union a financial scheme in which the Hungarian capital is left out of a list of target areas for European development funds. READ MORE

EU agrees on 2050 carbon neutral aim

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

A pro-government columnist thinks that Central Europe and Hungary may get less EU funding as a result of the EU’s 2050 carbon neutrality agreement. A liberal commentator is less pessimistic. READ MORE

EU partners brace themselves to punish Hungary

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

After a rule of law hearing about Hungary in Brussels on Monday, a pro-government commentator finds it strange that Hungary and other ‘new’ member states are criticised for alleged violations of democratic values. He claims that democratic decline is more prevalent in the West than in the East of the continent. READ MORE

Strategic advice from a Socialist veteran

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

A left-wing author who served for 12 years as a Socialist MP and then as a member of the European Parliament warns the Hungarian opposition against expecting ‘salvation from foreign powers’. READ MORE

Chancellor Merkel meets PM Orbán

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

A pro-government commentator takes Chancellor Merkel’s ‘placatory tone’ as an indication of Hungary’s increasing political weight and economic success. A left-wing pundit accuses Chancellor Merkel of compromising on core values in order to preserve economic ties between Hungary and Germany. READ MORE