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PM Orbán traces his path to the 2022 elections

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

In a long essay in the leading pro-government daily, PM Viktor Orbán suggests that the next elections will be decisive for Hungary’s independence. His foes, he suggests, stand for submission to international liberalism. READ MORE

Moria camp arson seen as emblematic of EU impotence

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

As over 12 thousand asylum seekers sleep rough on Lesbos island after their camp burnt down on Wednesday, a pro-government commentator blames Europe’s half-hearted attitude toward mass immigration. READ MORE

Pro-government comments on German criticism of Hungary

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

Pro-government outlets suggest that German Social Democrats have a grudge against the Hungarian government. One author believes the crux of the controversy is a divergence of views on the future of Europe. READ MORE

Soros 90

Friday, August 14th, 2020

In an interview conducted in New York by Italian journalist Mario Platero for the Hungarian left-wing nationwide daily, the 90 year-old financier and supporter of liberal NGOs calls PM Orbán an opponent of European values. Pro-government commentators describe Mr Soros as a man peddling a dangerous ideology. READ MORE

Ruminations 10 days after the EU Summit

Friday, July 31st, 2020

Ten days after the next seven-year budget and the coronavirus recovery fund were adopted by heads of state and government, commentators still struggle to make sense of what exactly the decisions taken in Brussels mean for Hungary. READ MORE

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