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Speaker Kövér’s ‘rule by decree’ case

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Commenting on the Speaker of Parliament’s recent radio interview, left-wing columnists accuse Mr. Kövér of proposing the revival of a rule by decree system. Conservative pundits as well as a group of left- liberal constitutional lawyers say that Mr. Kövér had no undemocratic intentions, and agree that the current legislative practice is far too bureaucratic. READ MORE

Jobbik’s “treason-stunt” still on the agenda

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Right-wing columnists continue to express disdain for far-right MPs who occupied the Speaker’s rostrum and repeatedly chanted the word “traitors,” while Parliament was voting on the new Land Act on Friday 21 June. A left-wing commentator calls for an immediate tax on leased arable land. READ MORE

Childbearing: a private or public issue?

Friday, October 5th, 2012

A left-wing columnist accuses House Speaker and leading Fidesz politician László Kövér of advocating anti-abortion ideas. A pro-government commentator rejects this interpretation of Köver”s words, and suggests that the speaker actually wanted to highlight the demographic consequences of the declining birth rate. READ MORE

RMDSZ’s plan to found a party in Hungary

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Népszabadság believes the government’s innovative extension of voting rights to Hungarian citizens living in neighbouring countries may backfire READ MORE

House speaker persona almost non grata in Romania

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Népszabadság accuses Fidesz of trying to draw ethnic Hungarians in Romania under its own political control. Magyar Hírlap rejects Romanian charges of Hungarian interference in the local election campaign in Transylvania. READ MORE

Who could benefit from voter registration?

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Commentators discuss the government’s plan to introduce mandatory voter registration, and caution that pre-registration may not be a useful tool to keep angry, politically under-informed and possibly radical voters away from the ballot box. READ MORE

A Party politician for President – why not?

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

While the whole Hungarian political and media scene tries to guess who the next President will be, following Pál Schmitt’s resignation last week, a leading centrist analyst believes that despite some concerns, it would not necessarily be a problem if  the choice falls on a party politician. READ MORE

In search of a new President

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

According to the Constitution, Parliament has to elect the successor of President Pál Schmitt within 30 days, but a popular centrist observer thinks we will find out the new candidate within a week. READ MORE

Strasbourg red star ruling stirs emotions

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Conservative and liberal commentators ponder whether the European Court of Human Rights was correct to rule that Hungary violated the principle of free speech when it banned the red star symbol. READ MORE