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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

Compromise over EU rule of law conditionality in sight

Friday, December 11th, 2020

Commentators across the political spectrum think that the new rule of law conditionality scheme proposed by Germany is a victory for Prime Minister Orbán and the government. READ MORE

Hungary and Poland refuse to back down

Monday, December 7th, 2020

A liberal analyst thinks that Prime Minister Orbán miscalculated his chances of success when he opted for a head-on collision with the most influential European governments over plans to make EU financial transfers conditional on respect for the rule of law. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, believes that Hungary must defend herself against arbitrary rule by Union bureaucrats. READ MORE

Weeklies on Szájer’s fall

Monday, December 7th, 2020

The scandal surrounding Fidesz MEP József Szájer barely reached the weeklies before they went to print, but one managed nevertheless to include a first comment into this week’s issue. Another reacted to the fate of the MEP caught at a male sex party in Brussels on its website. READ MORE

Rule of law controversy drags on

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

As Prime Minister Orbán and his Polish counterpart say they are waiting for a compromise on the debate over the rule of law conditionality of EU payments, commentators on both sides of the political divide ponder the implications. READ MORE

Hungary and Poland defiant over rule of law criteria

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

A pro-government and a liberal commentator both find it unlikely that the EU can broker a deal with Hungary and Poland on rule of law conditionality. They also agree that the debate will determine the future of the EU. READ MORE

PM Orbán responds to George Soros

Friday, November 27th, 2020

Replying to an article by George Soros, the Hungarian Prime minister accuses what he calls ‘the Soros network’ of trying to eliminate national sovereignty and facilitate migration in order to create a multicultural Europe that would be ‘easy prey for global elites’. READ MORE

Hungary takes out 2.5 billion EUR loan

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

An independent financial analyst agrees with the Prime Minister that Hungary can secure cheap loans and finance the country even without the EU reconstruction fund, which for the moment has been blocked by Hungary and Poland. READ MORE

EU measures seen as reminiscent of the Soviet Union

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Pro-government columnists agree with Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch, that the EU’s attempts to make financial disbursements conditional on resect for the ‘rule of law’ resemble Soviet attitudes. A left-wing commentator predicts that PM Orbán will have to retreat in order to get access to vital EU funding. READ MORE

No resolution in sight in clash with EU

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Commentators ponder whether a compromise is possible in the feud pitting Hungary and Poland against the majority of the EU member countries, over plans to make Union payments to member countries conditional on rule of law compliance. READ MORE