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Hungarian-German ‘ideological differences’ challenged

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

A conservative pundit explains the political friction between Angela Merkel and the Hungarian centre-right government in terms of the different paths of consolidation pursued in Hungary and Germany rather than by ideological divergences. READ MORE

Angela Merkel’s self-critical comments on migration

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

A pro-government columnist thinks that despite her self-critical comments, Chancellor Merkel is unlikely to make a U-turn on migration policy. The leading left-wing daily praises Angela Merkel’s efforts and contrasts her inclusive politics with the Hungarian government’s migration rhetoric. READ MORE

German terror spree in focus

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Left-wing pundits commenting on the German terror attacks caution against fear mongering and fomenting anti-migrant hysteria. Conservative columnists, on the other hand, think that the events prove the failure of multicultural integration and even suggest that Chancellor Merkel is complicit in the horrible crimes. READ MORE

PM Orbán meets Helmut Kohl

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Commentators disagree on the outcome of PM Orbán’s visit to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Was their endorsement of Mrs. Merkel’s policies just lip service, to mitigate the impact of their misgivings over the way the migration crisis has been handled?
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Germany ‘trying to impose its policies’ on East-Central Europe

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Those who are terrified of the prospect of a United States of Europe should realise that this entity has already come to life: it is governed from Berlin and its leader is called Angela Merkel, a pro-government analyst warns. READ MORE

Looking back on the Cologne violence

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Commentators unanimously agree in categorizing the sexual assaults by immigrants against women on New Year’s eve in Cologne as a turning point in the history of the latest mass immigration to Europe. Most interpret the scenes of violence as proof that the integration of the new arrivals will be significantly more difficult than German leaders originally thought. READ MORE

Cologne seen as a symbol of Europe’s demise

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

A pro-government columnist thinks decision makers who opened Europe’s gates to the uncontrolled influx of a million migrants should now pay for their mistake. READ MORE

Hungarian reflection on the Cologne gang assaults

Friday, January 8th, 2016

A conservative columnist criticizes the liberal media for failing to report on the Cologne and Hamburg assaults. A left-wing pundit thinks proper coverage was impossible in the absence of factual evidence. READ MORE

German migration strategy perceived as chaotic

Friday, November 13th, 2015

In the wake of the Valetta Summit on migration, pundits on Left and Right alike criticize Germany’s ’increasingly confused’ messages concerning the status of asylum seekers. READ MORE

Europe turning away from Merkel’s migration vision

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

As the European summit offers Turkey aid in exchange for keeping migrants within its borders, commentators both on Left and Right think that German Chancellor Merkel took great risks by abandoning pragmatism in favour of her moral vision. They wonder if Merkel can prevail, or if she will be defeated by populist or pragmatic parties as the public becomes increasingly hostile to immigration. READ MORE