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PM Orbán opens the ‘political season’

Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

Commentators offer starkly opposing evaluations of the Prime Minister’s words at his party’s annual ‘Tranzit’ festival in Tihany, at Lake Balaton. READ MORE

Pro-Fidesz film producer elaborates on his attack on Fidesz oligarchs

Monday, August 21st, 2023

László Pesty likens a whole group of influential oligarchs to early 20th-century Sicilian mafiosi and urges the Fidesz leadership to get rid of them. READ MORE

Crowd chants ‘dirty Fidesz’ at Budapest rock festival

Saturday, August 19th, 2023

A liberal commentator appreciates the anti-Orbán performance of the rapper whose fans chanted ‘dirty Fidesz’ at the annual Sziget (Island) festival in Budapest, while pro-government authors take the case as proof that Hungary is a free country. READ MORE

Fidesz still far ahead in polls, despite spreading gloom

Friday, March 31st, 2023

A liberal analyst finds a striking contradiction between growing public pessimism about their own prospects and the continued support the ruling party enjoys among voters. READ MORE

An insider on the secret of Fidesz’s success

Thursday, March 23rd, 2023

A pro-government pundit reveals the main points of his freshly published booklet in which he describes the political skills that have made the ruling party dominant and left it without real rivals in Hungarian politics. READ MORE

Fidesz dissolves local branch after lost election

Saturday, January 28th, 2023

A left-wing columnist calls on the left to learn from its own failures – just as Fidesz does. READ MORE

Ruminations on the weakness of the opposition

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Commentators all across the political spectrum agree that in its fragmented and weak szate, the opposition is not likely to be a challenge for Fidesz any time soon. READ MORE

Opposition ‘lack a grand narrative’

Wednesday, January 4th, 2023

A left-wing political scientist explains the Left’s failure to challenge Fidesz with the opposition parties’ failure to propose a grand vision that matches ‘the Hungarian psyche’. READ MORE

Fidesz popularity remains unscathed

Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

In a comment on a recent by-election result in Budapest, a left-wing columnist fears that the opposition is losing whatever has remained of its credibility and support. READ MORE

Opposition deemed weightless and irrelevant

Friday, November 25th, 2022

An independent political analyst contends that as the opposition has failed to mount a credible challenge to the government, its last hope is that the government’s popularity will be eroded by external geopolitical or economic difficulties. READ MORE