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Weeklies try to solve the riddle of Fidesz’s lasting success

Monday, September 18th, 2023

Some commentators attribute the government’s success in one election after another to the weakness of the opposition, while others find the explanation in its endeavour to continue a long-standing trend in Hungarian political history. READ MORE

Mária Schmidt reads László Rajk Jr’s memoirs

Monday, May 4th, 2020

A conservative historian criticizes László Rajk Jr. whom she findsmore critical towards the incumbent government than towards the communist dictatorship. READ MORE

Interpretation wars around Hungarian history

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Commentators on the left and right trade accusations about hidden agendas and propagating half-truths concerning the charges of anti-Semitism, the heritage of Imre Nagy and the Strasbourg court ruling on wearing the red star in public. READ MORE

History as the main battlefield of the culture wars

Friday, June 15th, 2012

A leading conservative journalist calls for a peaceful assessment of 20th century Hungarian history, and blames the left for refusing to face the negative heritage of the Communist past. READ MORE

Kádár at 100

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Commentators from the left and right reflect on what the late communist leader meant for Hungarians during the 32 years of his rule, and what he means to them today. READ MORE

Controversies over party funding, and over Horthy and Kádár, the two main figures of 20th century Hungarian history

Monday, May 21st, 2012

A centrist analyst fiercely opposes the Prime Minister’s idea of suspending public funding for political parties. A left wing commentator believes Fidesz has even broader control over public assets than the ruling party had under Communism. A sociologist shows that Hungary’s Communist ruler is more popular today than he even was during his last years in office. And a grass-roots Horthy-revival sparks furious emotions. 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