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Hungary’s 20 years within the European Union

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

Commentators try to assess the lessons of two decades of EU membership. READ MORE

Weeklies on Hungary’s relations with the EU

Monday, February 5th, 2024

Weekly newspapers went to print before Prime Minister Orbán agreed with the rest of the member countries on Thursday on the contentious issue of financial assistance to Ukraine. Several commentaries are devoted to the tension developing between Hungary and its western allies, nevertheless. READ MORE

Weeklies’ expectations for the New Year

Monday, January 8th, 2024

Opposition-leaning commentators depict a pessimistic image of Hungary’s political future, while their pro-government counterparts hope that the country has left the difficulties of the past two years behind. READ MORE

Weeklies on the government’s tug of war with the EU over Ukraine

Monday, December 18th, 2023

Weekly newspapers went to print before the EU summit at which the Hungarian government didn’t oppose the decision to start EU accession talks with Ukraine, while vetoing €50 billion in aid to Ukraine over the next four years. But there is much comment in general terms on Hungary’s attitude towards EU enlargement and Ukraine. READ MORE

MEPs pass resolution condemning Hungary

Saturday, June 3rd, 2023

Commentators sharply disagree on the resolution passed by the European Parliament, questioning the suitability of Hungary to take over the rotating presidency of the European Council one year from now. READ MORE

Left-liberal pundits describe PM Orbán as a conflict-seeking tactician

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

Two critics of the government believe the Prime Minister is leading Hungary into a fatal clash with the European Union. READ MORE

Navracsics to discuss Erasmus controversy in Brussels

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023

Concessions made so far by Hungary to satisfy EU conditions for allowing foundation-run universities to accede to student and researcher exchange programmes, seem to have been found unsatisfactory in Brussels. Columnists express diametrically opposing views on the matter. READ MORE

PM Orbán sworn in for the fifth time

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

A left-wing pundit sees the Prime Minister’s inaugural speech as a harbinger of lasting confrontation with the rest of Europe, while a right-wing columnist describes the same words as raising hope for Europe. READ MORE

A conservative view on the clash between Poland and the EU

Friday, November 5th, 2021

A conservative lawyer believes both sides have valid arguments in the dispute over the widely contested ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Court in the conflict between national versus European law, as the provisions of the basic treaty of the European Union are not unequivocal. READ MORE

Hungary seen as an island of ‘normality’

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Conservative commentators accuse the ‘West’ and ‘Brussels’ of attacking Hungary in order to punish it for defending traditional Christian and European values. READ MORE