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Government suspends payment of compensation to inmates

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

A liberal commentator thinks that the government’s decision to suspend the payment of compensation to inmates further weakens the rule of law. A pro-government columnist welcomes the decision, and finds it fully in-line with the opinion of most Hungarians. READ MORE

Former Socialist minister to represent Syrian migrant charged with terrorism

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

As a former Socialist Minister of Justice agrees to defend an asylum-seeker in his appeal against a conviction for terrorism, a pro-government commentator accuses the Left of ‘siding with illegal migrants’. A left-wing columnist dismisses the accusation. READ MORE

Ruminations on the EU-Turkey migrant deal

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Two conservative commentators criticize the EU for abandoning its core principles and trusting its security to Turkey. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, hopes that the lifting of the Turkish visa requirement will strengthen democrats in Turkey without compromising the EU’s security. READ MORE

Hungary’s migrant policy criticised by Amnesty International

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

A conservative constitutional lawyer dismisses the accusation that Hungary is violating its international obligations. On the contrary, Hungary is among the few states that still respects the Schengen treaty and acts accordingly, he claims. READ MORE

Prison inmates to get mobile phones

Friday, August 7th, 2015

A liberal columnist welcomes the government’s decision to buy mobile phones for prison inmates, and calls for more spending on detainees. A conservative pundit, on the other hand, thinks that the money should have been spent on improving education possibilities for inmates. READ MORE

US accused of hypocrisy

Friday, December 12th, 2014

A conservative columnist commenting on the CIA interrogation tactics report contends that the US likes to take the moral high ground but acts in a morally abhorrent way, reminiscent of Nazi Germany. READ MORE

Remembering the real Mandela

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A right-wing pundit criticises what he regards as the one-sided eulogies uttered by western statesmen about the late South African leader and suggests that the truth, though less idealistic, is more interesting. READ MORE

Right-of-centre commentators on the NSA scandal

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Two leading columnists of pro-government dailies find it absurd that the US should take the high ground and lecture Hungary on human rights and the rule of law, while it spies on its own citizens. READ MORE

Catch-up school for Roma: a segregation case?

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Pundits debate whether a special school for disadvantaged Roma children should be closed down. A liberal commentator believes that Roma families protesting against desegregation entrench their own social exclusion. Conservatives, on the other hand, contend that special attention given to poor Roma children fosters social inclusion. READ MORE

EU Human Rights Commissioner under fire

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

A left-wing columnist believes European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding should resign after accusing the Hungarian justice system of political bias. READ MORE