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Left-wing fears over EU fund distribution

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

As Cabinet Minister Lázár announces plans for early EU grant applications, the leading left-wing daily fears that the hasty procedure will result in a mindless waste of resources. 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

House of Fates to express a ‘Love Story’

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Historian Mária Schmidt, in charge of the ‘House of Fates’ project, defends the concept of the planned Holocaust memorial museum against leftist criticism and condemns the Cabinet Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s office for employing one of the main opponents of the project as his adviser. READ MORE

Budapest projects in limbo

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The leading left-wing daily contends that the government wants to punish the left- and liberal leaning capital city by redirecting structural development funds to its core constituencies in the countryside. The main pro-government daily is convinced that infrastructural projects will not grind to a halt in Budapest. READ MORE

New Orbán cabinet sworn in

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Commentators try to make sense of the two surprising elements of the news about the third government headed by Viktor Orbán – the planned transfer of several ministries in separate towns and the alleged feud between key Fidesz officials. READ MORE

US-Hungarian friction

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A left-wing commentator believes that the Hungarian government criticizes the US in order to strengthen its anti-Western image before the April elections. Right-wing columnists are displeased with Senator McCain’s comments on Hungarian affairs. READ MORE

EU fund freeze lifted

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

A pro-government commentator believes that the government has won an important battle against the European Commission which tried to punish Hungary by suspending EU funds. READ MORE

Duel between secretary of state János Lázár and OTP Bank CEO Sándor Csányi

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Left-wing commentators wonder if the verbal confrontation between the Fidesz strongman and the most influential Hungarian businessman implies a deepening rift between Orbán and his former ally. READ MORE

Tobacco shop scandal rolls on

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Left-wing, liberal and centrist commentators wonder whether Fidesz will try to cover up a scheme in which their local politicians could influence the distribution of tobacco shop licenses according to the political leanings of those who applied. READ MORE

Constitutional Court strikes down Church Law

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

A pro-government columnist welcomes the Constitutional Court’s decision to strike down the controversial Church Law on formal grounds. He notes, however, that the Court has acknowledged that the government has the right to determine which religious denominations can earn official status as churches, and by implication become eligible for public subsidies in their non-spiritual activities. READ MORE