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Government confident it can unblock EU funding

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

A pro-government commentator reads the latest announcement by the European Commission to mean that Hungary will get all the EU funding it is entitled to until 2028. READ MORE

EP brands Hungary as ‘not a full democracy’

Saturday, September 17th, 2022

Liberal commentators remark that the resolution passed by the European Parliament doesn’t necessarily mean that European funds are out of reach for Hungary. READ MORE

Government announces new anti-corruption body

Saturday, September 10th, 2022

A conservative commentator critical of the government thinks it unlikely that the government’s newly announced anti-corruption authority will be either independent or make the spending of EU funds any more transparent. READ MORE

Government makes 4 concessions to Brussels

Saturday, July 9th, 2022

The leading liberal website thinks the government was compelled to retreat from its defiant posture as the National Bank could not halt the slide of the national currency. READ MORE

Conservative advice to government on its EU discourse

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

A conservative columnist hopes that the Hungarian government will revise its communication within the EU, strike a more conciliatory tone, and be ‘properly cynical’ in order to secure EU funding. READ MORE

EP demands rule of law action against Hungary

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

A left-wing commentator thinks that the European Commission’s reluctance to withhold funds from the Hungarian government despite the demands of the European Parliament will have huge repercussions on the future of the EU. READ MORE

European Parliament portrayed as an ideological playground

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

A pro-government columnist agrees with PM Orbán that the European Parliament focuses too much on ideological issues including gender politics, rather than engaging with what both see as more important problems. READ MORE

EU recovery fund ‘not a threat to sovereignty’

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

A former vice-president of the Hungarian National Bank dismisses the suggestion that the 750 billion euro coronavirus recovery fund marks the federalization of the European Union. READ MORE

Row over law of conditionality EU deal rumbles on

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Commentators on Left and Right ponder the broader implications of the EU’s rule of law conditionality. Most importantly, they try to gauge how and when it could be used against Hungary. READ MORE

EU reaches budget and stimulus deal

Saturday, December 12th, 2020

Commenting on the EU rule of law conditionality deal agreed on Thusday, a pro-government columnist thinks that the EU misjudged the Hungarian and Polish determination to withstand efforts to curb their national sovereignty. A left-wing pundit likens the dispute to the Battle of Borodino. READ MORE