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Transylvanian cemetery dispute

Monday, June 17th, 2019

A left-wing commentator fears that the Hungarian government will use the skirmish between Hungarians and Romanians in Transylvania to unleash irredentist hatred. A pro-government pundit calls on Hungary to put on a show of force and hopes that Transylvania will soon become part of Hungary again. Another pro-government columnist calls for moderation. READ MORE

Repercussions of the Trump-Orbán summit

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Two conservative pundits, one critical of the government, the other a firm supporter, debate whether Hungary’s improved diplomatic relations with the US serve the interests of Hungary. READ MORE

Hungary’s regional standing after the Slovak election

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

A left-wing commentator thinks that after the election of the liberal Zuzana Čaputová as Slovak President, Hungary will become increasingly isolated. READ MORE

Opposing takes on US foreign policy

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

Pro-government commentators welcome President Trump’s isolationist foreign policy. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, calls it bad news for Europe and the world. READ MORE

Calls for EU-Russia rapprochement

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Pro-government analysts, commenting on President Putin’s visit to Germany and Austria, call on the EU and European governments to cooperate with Russia rather than following US interests in isolating her. READ MORE

Hungary sides with US on moving embassy to Jerusalem

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Although Hungary (along with the Czech Republic and Romania) vetoed an EU statement condemning the relocation of the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, a pro-government columnist warns that President Trump’s move may be responsible for more violence in the region. A left-wing commentator finds it unwise for the Hungarian government to have sided the US rather than the EU. READ MORE

Dutch-Hungarian diplomatic dispute

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Pro-government commentators welcome the government’s firm reaction to criticism from the Dutch ambassador to Budapest. Left-wing and liberal pundits, on the other hand, accuse the government of paranoia and overreaction. READ MORE

PM Orbán visits Turkey

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

As Prime Minister Orbán calls for more trade with Turkey and political cooperation with Ankara, writers critical of the government and its supporters disagree on how Hungary can and should relate to an illiberal but geopolitically important state. READ MORE

More on EU-US relations

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

An independent conservative analyst hopes that the weakening of transatlantic cooperation will make Europe stronger and more resilient. READ MORE

Angela Merkel tells Europe to make it on its own

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Commentators ponder what a more independent and assertive Europe, as envisioned by Chancellor Merkel, might entail for Hungary. READ MORE