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Government reduces gas use in public buildings

Monday, September 12th, 2022

The leading online business media outlet comments on the government’s decision to save heating gas as another indication that the European energy crisis has deep implications for Hungary too. READ MORE

Dissecting Hungary’s approach to the war in Ukraine

Monday, July 25th, 2022

The Hungarian weeklies, and the weekend editions of the daily papers ponder Hungary’s relationship to the Russian-Ukrainian war, and where EU sanctions on Russia might lead. READ MORE

Dispute over emergency energy measures

Saturday, July 16th, 2022

A left-wing columnist sees the decision to limit access to subsidized household energy supplies as a necessary adjustment, but finds the way it is implemented unfair. A pro-government commentator believes that the adjustments will strengthen Hungary’s energy security and ensure that most families will still have access to cheap heating gas and electric power. READ MORE

Weeklies on the Ukraine war, sanctions, and the EU

Monday, July 11th, 2022

Commentators disagree sharply on what should be done to bring about peace in Ukraine, as well as over the rights and wrongs of the painful sanctions on Russia. READ MORE

Weber compared to Aesop’s grasshopper

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

A right-wing pundit rejects the idea put forward by the chairman of the European People’s Party who called on gas importing countries to share their gas ‘through binding mechanisms’ with other EU member countries. READ MORE

Weeklies on the fallout of the war in Ukraine

Monday, June 20th, 2022

Commentators try to make sense of the changes the war is triggering in Hungary’s international standing, in attitudes towards Russian culture as well as in Hungary’s national economy. READ MORE

The government maintains refusal to accept ban on oil and gas imports from Russia

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

As the government rejects a proposed ban on imported Russian oil – unless the full cost is reimbursed by the European Union, a right-wing analyst praises that position as one rooted in democracy. READ MORE

Foreign Minister reaffirms objections to EU sanctions on Russian oil

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

A pro-government pundit, as well as his alt-left counterpart, agree that the EU’s proposed embargo on Russian oil would harm the EU more than Russia, and is unlikely to stop the war. READ MORE

Russia cuts gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria

Friday, April 29th, 2022
A pro-government analyst hopes that the war will soon end and EU-Russian relations will normalize, as Hungary is dependent on cheap Russian gas. A financial analyst quoted in the leading left-wing daily thinks that Hungary will need to help Bulgaria, after it was cut off from Russian gas.


Opposing views on gas imports from Russia

Friday, March 11th, 2022

A left-wing commentator proposes that Hungarians cut back their consumption of natural gas, to reduce the country’s dependence on Russian supplies. A pro-government columnist accuses the left of betraying the national interest on this issue. READ MORE