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Hungary’s future (or not) in the EU

Friday, August 20th, 2021

A pro-government analyst thinks that it would be timely to assess the potential benefits of ‘Huxit’. Conservative and liberal commentators disagree and see EU membership as Hungary’s number one strategic interest. READ MORE

House Speaker Kövér says power can be wearing

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

A left-wing columnist praises the Speaker for his sincerity about the negative side-effects of power on a ruling party, but rejects his idea that the Left intends to ally itself with radical right-wing Jobbik in order to defeat Fidesz. READ MORE

President refuses to sign controversial laws

Friday, March 11th, 2016

A day after János Áder sent bills restricting public scrutiny both of foundations run by the National Bank and the postal services to the Constitutional Court for review, Heti Válasz worries about government policies which it believes could undermine the party’s own power base, while Magyar Nemzet urges the inner opposition within Fidesz to come forward. READ MORE

Parliament amends National Bank Act

Friday, March 4th, 2016

A left-wing and a centrist columnist criticize an amendment to the National Bank Act which removes from the realm of public funds the money offered by the National Bank to its own foundations – thereby allowing the Bank to treat that information as private. READ MORE

House Speaker asks for a ’real’ opposition

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

A left-wing commentator questions the sincerity of László Kövér’s complaint about the lack of a real left-wing opposition. READ MORE

Government cancels its Telekom contracts

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Left-wing commentators are outraged by the government’s decision to order ministries to terminate their mobile internet subscriptions with Telekom Hungary after the mainly German owned IT and telecommunication company scrapped its sponsorship contract with a singer whose statements on women “conflicted with the company’s values.” READ MORE

House speaker encourages women to bear children

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Left-wing pundits spit fire at László Kövér, the Speaker of Parliament who said bearing children should be the most valued accomplishment in women’s lives. A conservative columnist thinks a debate on catastrophic demographic trends would be more appropriate than castigating a politician. READ MORE

Jobbik at the gates?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

A liberal commentator believes that Fidesz is about to launch a major campaign against Jobbik. A pro-government columnist fears that Jobbik is a real threat to the country, while another liberal pundit contends that Jobbik is a joke rather than a credible alternative to the current centre-right government. READ MORE

International scandal brewing over Holocaust Memorial Year?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Wrangling over the proposed monument to mark the German occupation has taken a new, momentous turn, from a national quarrel to an international scandal, says an opposition daily, due to a statement by Randalph L. Braham. Pro-government commentators, on the other hand, dismiss the issue as fear-mongering and baseless accusations from the left. READ MORE

Former porn-star unwanted at charity event

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Left and liberal commentators poke fun at a children’s charity for turning away a porn-star-turned singer, arguing that Tünde Krasznai started her life as an underprivileged child and if Pope Francis invites former prostitutes to meet him, why should self-proclaimed Hungarian Christians be less charitable? READ MORE