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Brussels unlocks €10 billion in frozen EU funds for Hungary

Friday, December 15th, 2023

A liberal foreign policy expert believes that releasing one-third of the €30 billion suspended over rule-of-law concerns is part of a deal whereby Hungary will not oppose further EU payments to Ukraine. READ MORE

Weeklies on the character of the Hungarian government

Monday, August 14th, 2023

Left-wing and liberal authors describe what they call the Orbán regime as an outlier in the European Union, while their pro-government counterparts see it as upholding the values of freedom and national sovereignty in a sometimes-hostile environment. READ MORE

Government critic expects zero financial transfers from the EU

Saturday, July 1st, 2023

A veteran economist predicts that the European Union will permanently withhold EU funds from Hungary. READ MORE

Hungary opposes EU budget amendment

Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

A pro-government daily reproduces a Facebook comment by a leading government official criticising the amendments the European Commission has put forward to the budget of the European Union. READ MORE

Weeklies on suspended EU transfers

Monday, June 26th, 2023

Opposition-leaning commentators take it for granted that most of the financial transfers to Hungary will continue to be withheld by the European Union. One pro-government expert also believes that Hungary must prepare for that eventuality. READ MORE

Weeklies on the prospect of lasting delays to EU funds

Monday, June 12th, 2023

Left-wing commentators suspect that the government would rather give up the bulk of the EU transfers to Hungary than fulfil the rule of law conditions set by the European Commission. Pro-government columnists suggest that the controversy behind the frozen European funds is based on divergences over identity politics. READ MORE

Government sees EU funds as important but not vital

Thursday, June 8th, 2023

While the competent cabinet minister says Hungary must learn to live without EU transfers in the long run anyway, a left-wing commentator believes that those funds could solve the country’s most burning financial problems. READ MORE

Momentum takes student demonstrators to Brussels

Monday, June 5th, 2023

A pro-government columnist lambasts Momentum MEP Anna Donáth for asking European Commission Vice President Vera Jourová to keep financial transfers to Hungary frozen until the government reforms the system of public education. READ MORE

Weeklies on conflicts with the EU

Monday, June 5th, 2023

The weeklies went to print before the European Parliament adopted its resolution on Thursday, questioning Hungary’s ability to take over the rotating presidency of the European Council a year from now. All took the outcome of the vote for granted, however, and pondered its implications. READ MORE

EP delegation in Budapest

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023

A pro-government columnist accuses the European Parliament of duplicity when its delegates suspect systemic corruption in Hungary, while their own institution is tainted with corruption scandals. READ MORE