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Azeri axe murderer, and confronting the IMF – last week’s lead stories

Monday, September 10th, 2012

The dominant themes in Hungarian politics last week, the extradition of the Azeri murderer and the Prime Minister’s stance on the IMF talks are interpreted along political lines: commentators on the left call Orbán names including “traitor” and “liar”, while the premier’s supporters argue that critics on the left have no national feelings at all. READ MORE

Prime Minister rejects IMF-EU conditions

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Left-wing dailies accuse Mr Orbán of lying about the harsh conditions the IMF has allegedly set to start negotiations about a standby credit line for Hungary. Pro-government dailies, on the other hand, defend the Prime Minister’s resolve not to give in to IMF dictates and to prepare an alternative proposal. READ MORE

The Wekerle-plan for regional co-operation

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s announcement of a cooperation plan with neighbouring countries is dismissed by left and liberal commentators as arrogant and unrealistic, while Magyar Nemzet defends it as an important initiative. READ MORE

Is Hungary playing for time with the IMF?

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

A conservative columnist suspects that the government will only revise its controversial fiscal policy and budget forecasts for next year if forced to do so by financial markets. READ MORE

Opposition politicians accused of misleading IMF mission

Friday, July 27th, 2012

A pro-government columnist berates the IMF for consulting with people affiliated to opposition parties. READ MORE

Cautious optimism because of IMF talks

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Magyar Nemzet hopes the IMF will not put forward unacceptable demands, while Népszabadság wants moderation to prevail on the government side. READ MORE

IMF and Brussels could demand painful policy changes

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Commentators agree that the IMF and the EU will make the credit line agreement with Hungary conditional on significant changes in the tax code. But while a left-wing columnist believes that the IMF’s demands would benefit the lower classes, a pro-government pundit contends that it would only be advantageous for multinational firms. READ MORE

IMF resumes negotiations with Hungary

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Commentators in right wing dailies  welcome the news that the IMF has accepted the amended National Bank Act and will now resume negotiations. Left of centre dailies criticise the delays, the prevarications and fear that the government might at any time decide to turn back and play the ”Turkish card” again. READ MORE

EU lifts Hungarian cohesion fund suspension

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The leading pro-government daily welcomes the decision by the ECOFIN to lift the suspension of 500 million Euros in aid to Hungary, and explains it as an open acknowledgement of the validity of the government’s economic policies. Left-wing commentators, on the other hand, believe that the Hungarian government has wasted two years and was forced by the EU to back-pedal on the counter-productive economic strategy it initially pursued. READ MORE

Municipal elections in Romania: a flop?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A right wing journalist believes the Romanian elections turned out much as expected: voters punished the former governing coalition for going along with the dictates of the IMF.  A left wing daily, on the other hand, publishes a commentary with the title “RMDSZ-Fidesz 3:0”, suggesting that the engagement of Fidesz on behalf of two small ethnic Hungarian parties backfired. READ MORE