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Weeklies on Hungary’s spats with its allies

Monday, January 29th, 2024

Commentators agree that hindering first Finland’s then Sweden’s accession to NATO, as well as being sanctioned by the European Union and openly criticised by the US administration, have put Hungary in a unique position within the Western alliance, although they offer conflicting explanations. READ MORE

Navracsics on Ukraine and the EU elections

Thursday, December 28th, 2023

Hungary’s chief EU negotiator who spent four years in Brussels as a member of the European Commission does not expect sharp changes from next year’s European parliamentary Elections. READ MORE

More comments on last week’s EU summit

Tuesday, December 19th, 2023

A left-wing pundit welcomes the Prime Minister’s decision to recoil from vetoing the EU resolution to start accession negotiations with Ukraine. A pro-government commentator believes the Prime Minister vetoed what he could when he opposed the giant aid package which other EU countries wanted to deliver to Hungary’s beleaguered eastern neighbour. READ MORE

EU opens accession talks with Ukraine

Saturday, December 16th, 2023

As PM Orbán refrained from vetoing the decision on starting talks over Ukraine’s future EU membership, a pro-government commentator believes Hungary leaves the EU summit with a positive balance. READ MORE

Viktor Orbán hopes Fidesz will remain in government until 2060

Thursday, November 23rd, 2023

An independent political analyst describes the Prime Minister’s acceptance speech as re-elected chairman as an exercise in self-confidence. READ MORE

Weeklies on the planned ‘Sovereignty Protection Bill’

Monday, November 20th, 2023

Although the exact content of the bill is unclear for the moment, commentators try to place it in the context of Hungary’s divergences with her Western allies. READ MORE

Hungary votes against the UN resolution on Gaza

Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

Commentators highlight the sharp divisions within the European Union on the Middle East conflict. READ MORE

Weeklies on Poland and 1956

Monday, October 23rd, 2023

The Hungarian revolution on 23 October 1956, started with demonstrations of solidarity with the Polish revolt against communism in Poznan. For a short time, the two peoples were on the same wavelength. Today that is not the case, since PM Orbán’s Polish allies were voted out of office in last Sunday’s elections. READ MORE

Weeklies on the government’s concerns over sovereignty

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

Opposition-leaning commentators strongly condemn the government’s plans to sanction outlets and NGOs who accept financing from abroad, in what Fidesz leaders have called a move to protect Hungary’s sovereignty. Pro-government authors voice criticism of the attitude of the European Union towards Hungary. READ MORE

PM Orbán on adversaries who ’want to force us to our knees’

Friday, September 22nd, 2023

The only nationwide pro-government print daily publishes excerpts from the Prime Minister’s address to the season-opening assembly of Fidesz MPs in Esztergom on Wednesday. ‘Our opponents want to force us to our knees during the forthcoming year’, Mr Orbán claimed. READ MORE