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Democratic Coalition and Jobbik conclude primary pact

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Jobbik’s former leader explains the reasons behind such a surprising alliance, while a conservative pundit accuses Jobbik of betraying its origins. A leftist commentator lambasts Jobbik and Karácsony for supporting a Socialist candidate accused of corruption. READ MORE

Opposition protests against Fudan university

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Commentators express strongly opposing views about the planned Chinese university campus in Budapest, and its implications. READ MORE

Left-wing Budapest city leaders oppose Chinese University

Friday, June 4th, 2021

A left-wing commentator describes the plan to set up a Chinese university in Budapest as an expression of Chinese expansionist policies, while a China expert warns against offending China. READ MORE

Government side campaign puts Gyurcsány in its centre

Monday, May 31st, 2021

Pro-government commentators claim in unison that the opposition is the ideological heir of the 2006 ‘Őszöd speech’ and ensuing police violence. They also insist that the opposition is still led by former PM Gyucsány from behind the scenes. A left-wing author dismisses that as pure propaganda. READ MORE

Opposition discusses chances of electoral victory

Monday, May 24th, 2021

The editor-in-chief of a left-wing weekly promises impartial coverage of the upcoming opposition primaries, while a close associate of Budapest Mayor and potential opposition frontrunner Gergely Karácsony ponders the possibility of rolling back pivotal legislation carried through by Viktor Orbán’s cabinet. Finally, a political scientist ruminates on the distribution of power between government and opposition within the Hungarian party system. READ MORE

Karácsony under fire in pro-government daily

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

In just three days, since he officially announced his nomination to become the opposition candidate for Prime Minister, the leading pro-government print daily has devoted four separate columns to castigate the Budapest Mayor, Gergely Karácsony. READ MORE

Karácsony launches his movement

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

A left-wing columnist welcomes 99, the new movement launched by the Mayor of Budapest, who officially announced his candidacy for the post of Prime Minister next year. A right-wing news site, on the other hand, dismisses it as a sham. READ MORE

Mayor Karácsony criticized for his poor English

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

In a series of reactions to Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony’s admission that he often uses an interpreter as his English is not good enough to participate in international negotiations, commentators state that fluency in English is a must in international relations. READ MORE

Opposition announces schedule for primaries

Friday, May 14th, 2021

The main 6 Opposition parties have announced the schedule for their autumn primaries. The two-round election will be held in September and October. They have also agreed to allow online voting. READ MORE

Budapest Mayor Karácsony accused of body shaming

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
In an interview with the Economist, Budapest Mayor Karácsony, who is also expected to announce his candidacy for the leadership of the opposition, said that PM Orbán ’is short and fat, and I am tall and slim’. Soon after his remarks were published, Mr Karácsony apologized, claiming that his statement was just a bad joke.

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