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Reform of the Judiciary sparks debate

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

A left-wing commentator believes the government wants to bring the judiciary under its own control, while a right-wing columnist thinks the reform will finally put an end to the left-wing domination of the courts. READ MORE

Historical justice, or a blunt tool with which to beat Socialists?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A left-wing commentator believes that the government wants to stigmatize the Socialists by establishing in law that the Socialist Party (MSZP, the successor of the Communist  MSZMP), shares responsibility for the crimes of the pre-1989 regime. A right-wing observer, however, welcomes the proposal and suggests that victims of the Communist era should be compensated. READ MORE

Remembering the 1956 revolution

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Left and right both accuse each other of appropriating and falsifying the message of the 1956 revolution. Right-wing pundits call for historical justice, while left-wing commentators think the government is abusing the anniversary to vilify the opposition. READ MORE

Former Communist offenders behind bars?

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Magyar Hírlap welcomes the idea of putting one time communist human rights offenders in the dock. Fidesz is planning to incorporate in Hungarian criminal law an international agreement according to which crimes against humanity are not be subject to a statute of limitations. READ MORE

Diverging targets

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Wednesday’s daily papers illustrate how left and right in Hungary hold diametrically opposed opinions, not only on the main issues, but even on what the main issues are. Both conservative and left-wing papers comment on the decision by the Constitutional Court to postpone a ruling on the nationalisation of compulsory pension funds, while the two right wing dailies carry editorials on an apparently arrogant private comment made by the liberal President of the National Bank three years ago. READ MORE