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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

Seeking legal punishment for the debt

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The latest left-right controversy has been sparked by an initiative of the Parliamentary majority to find ways to sue those politicians responsible for Hungary’s deep indebtedness. Left wing commentators believe that political mistakes cannot be criminalised in a democracy. READ MORE