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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.

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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

Germany and Hungary oppose ban on Russian energy imports

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

A pro-government pundit, known for his highly opinionated comments, finds it natural that the German chancellor doesnt want gas and oil imports from Russia to stop. He lambasts the left-wing Hungarian media, which regularly accuse PM Orbán of being subservient to Russia if he expresses similar views. READ MORE

Different takes on Hungary’s dependency on Russian gas

Friday, March 4th, 2022

A pro-government columnist lambasts the opposition for demanding more independence from Russian energy imports. A liberal pundit accuses the government of compromising moral values by doing business with authoritarian regimes. READ MORE

More on PM Orbán’s Moscow visit

Friday, February 4th, 2022

A left-wing commentator thinks that President Putin’s demand that NATO pull back from Eastern Europe (to the 1997 status quo) means the Hungarian government can no longer sit on the fence. A pro-government pundit accuses those who side with Ukraine of treason. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s visit to Moscow

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

A pro-government commentator thinks that PM Orbán managed to broker important economic deals with President Putin. A liberal commentator, on the other hand, thinks that President Putin used the Hungarian leader’s visit for propaganda purposes. READ MORE

Soaring energy prices

Saturday, October 16th, 2021

As energy prices skyrocket, a left-wing commentator calls on the government to lower taxes on gasoline. A conservative economist thinks that rising energy prices impact Hungary less than many other EU countries, thanks to the diversification of energy supply. READ MORE