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Dispute over the meaning of the ‘rule of law’

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

A conservative commentator suggests that the ‘rule of law’ is an empty concept used as a blunt weapon by liberals. A former Socialist Minister of Justice defends the concept, and accuses the government of trying to pre-empt EU criticism. READ MORE

Conflicting views on PM Orbán’s essay

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

A left-wing commentator interprets the Prime Minister’s article as a challenge to the values of parliamentary democracy, while a pro-government pundit welcomes it as a call to rescue Christian Democracy. READ MORE

Hungary described as a ‘classical liberal state’

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

A liberal historian dismisses the suggestion that Hungary has become an illiberal democracy – as often claimed by both Prime Minister Orbán and his liberal critics. READ MORE

EPP to prolong Fidesz’s limbo status

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

A right-wing analyst thinks that unless the European People’s Party ‘finds its way back to its conservative Christian roots’, Fidesz will have to quit. READ MORE

Ideology deficit of the Alt-left

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

A left-wing analyst attributes the weakness of Alt-left movements in Hungary to their liberal ideology, which he believes alienates middle and lower class voters with more conservative world-views. READ MORE

Fears expressed over ‘liberal communist’ ideology

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

A pro-government pundit fulminates over what he calls the ’liberal communist’ ideology and accuses its representatives of promoting migration in the hope of depriving people of their property. READ MORE

Two faces of populism

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

A left-leaning political scientist argues that liberals who like to lambast populist politicians also use the people as a legitimation tool – at least in terms of the markets. READ MORE

European Left accused of threatening EU unity

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Pro-government columnists, pondering the implications of the EU infringement procedure against Hungary, accuse the EU leadership of violating basic democratic norms as well as of threatening the unity of the European Union. READ MORE

Liberal values seen as primary targets of Islamism

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

A conservative commentator contends that the mass immigration of Muslims to Europe threatens not only Christian and Jewish lifestyles, but also liberal values including equality and freedom. READ MORE

Merkel to run again

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Commenting on the announcement by the German Chancellor that she will run again next year for the post of Party Chairperson and by implication that of Chancellor, a left-wing commentator fears that the number of those who share her worldview is declining. READ MORE