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EU Parliament votes to punish Hungary

Friday, September 14th, 2018

A left-wing commentator rejoices over the overwhelming vote in favour of the Sargentini report, while his pro-government counterpart suggests that over half of the European People’s Party (EPP) MEPs were harming their own cause by supporting the resolution. READ MORE

Orbán rejects EU pressure

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

After the Hungarian Prime Minister told the European Parliament that he will not yield to what he called ‘blackmail’, commentators weigh the pros and the cons of voting for or against the Sargentini report. READ MORE

PM Orbán faces critics in the EP

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Hours before the Hungarian Prime Minister was scheduled to confront MEPs in Strasbourg who support the Sargentini report, commentators expressed sharply contrasting views on the matter. READ MORE

Dispute over PM Orbán’s role in EU politics

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

A left-wing analyst accuses PM Orbán of threatening the unity of the EU. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, thinks that PM Orbán’s vision is increasingly accepted in the EU. READ MORE

Sweden joins EC in court case against Hungary

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

A pro-government columnist finds it strange for an EU member country to intervene against another in an infringement suit and thinks that the  action of the Swedish government was prompted by internal political considerations. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s success explained

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

A left-wing sociologist believes that Mr Orbán’s success is due to the popularity of illiberal populist politics in the wider world READ MORE

More on PM Orbán’s strategy speech

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Commentators on the two sides of the political-cultural divide provide diametrically opposing interpretations of the Prime Minister’s customary annual address at the Fidesz founded Transylvanian ’Summer University’ (see BudaPost, July 30). READ MORE

Europe’s leaders agree on migration

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

A pro-government columnist describes the decisions taken at the EU summit as a victory for Hungary, while a left-wing analyst worries about the plight of immigrants who will be kept in closed facilities while their applications are processed. READ MORE

First comments on EU migration deal

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Pro-government commentators agree with PM Orbán that the EU migration deal is a huge political victory for Hungary and the Visegrad countries. A left-wing columnist is bitterly disappointed by the deal, while a liberal pundit downplays its importance. READ MORE

A left-wing take on EU sanctions procedure against Hungary

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

A left-wing columnist interprets the prospect of an EU procedure against Hungary on account of ‘a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values’ as a shame for the country, and proof that the Hungarian government does not follow the rule of law. READ MORE