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Debate about domestic violence

Saturday, February 1st, 2020
A left-wing author accuses the government of inaction against intra-family violence, while the Minister of Justice rebukes the charges.

Conservative economist calls for more subsidies for mothers

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

A conservative economist suggests that even more subsidies are needed for parents to restore traditional family values and to boost the birth rate.
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Skirmish between Varga and Matolcsy

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

As the Minister of Finance and the President of the National Bank disagree on monetary policy, left-wing and pro-government analysts offer diametrically opposing views on the state of the Hungarian economy. READ MORE

Parliament approves Fidesz family protection plan

Monday, April 8th, 2019

A pro-government official finds it reassuring that most opposition MPs voted in favour of the government’s family protection bill. A left-wing analyst and a liberal weekly, on the other hand, lambast opposition representatives whom they accuse of selling out to Fidesz. READ MORE

Conflicting assessments of the PM’s ’baby boom plan’

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Left-wing analysts suggest the Prime Minister’s 7 point ’family protection plan’ is aimed at taking back the political initiative, while a pro-government pundit thinks it opens a new paradigm – and not just in Hungary. READ MORE

Debates on family before Pride Parade

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Commenting on an exchange of messages between a liberal MP and a State Secretary, a left-wing columnist accuses the government side of intolerance towards same-sex couples, while conservative commentators consider the traditional family as vital for society. READ MORE

Housing subsidy scheme kicks off

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Two conservative economists welcome the government’s plan to reverse unfavourable demographic trends through a lavish home subsidy scheme. A left-wing analyst thinks that the government’s proposal will be available only for middle class families and will thus entrench inequality. READ MORE

Details of large scale home subsidy plan announced

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

A left-wing commentator fears that the government’s plan to offer a subsidy of 10 million forints for young families will entrench poverty. His conservative counterpart calls such fears outright ridiculous. READ MORE

Echoes of the US Supreme Court same sex marriage ruling

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States defining same sex marriage as a constitutional right splits Hungarian public life across the left liberal versus conservative divide line. The leftist argument is that the law must not stand in the way of love, while conservatives fear that same-sex marriage will further aggravate demographic decline in developed countries. READ MORE

Dispute over gay and heterosexual pride

Monday, July 7th, 2014

On the eve of the annual Budapest Pride walk, conservative columnists suspect that the gay pride movement has been taken over by a militant core that wants to force its worldview on majorities and silence those who do not agree with them. Liberal commentators accuse conservative religious defenders of traditional values and the family of reframing old style homophobia. READ MORE