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Lessons of Jobbik’s advance

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

A left-wing commentator dismisses the interpretation that Jobbik’s success in Tapolca was an indication of the radicalisation of Hungarian voters. In unison with other left-wing and conservative columnists, he also calls on the Left to abandon liberal ideology for a social democratic vision in order to challenge Jobbik.

Liberal “Roma prejudice” criticised

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

A conservative author likens a liberal webmagazine to the far right Kuruc.info, as representatives of two opposing but equally prejudiced and one-sided world-views about conflicts between the Roma and the police. READ MORE

Socialists urged to distance themselves from liberals

Monday, March 9th, 2015

A centrist analyst calls on the Socialist Party to return to social democratic principles, or risk further decline, including the danger of losing its voters to Jobbik. READ MORE

More intra-Left conflict ahead

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Analysts on the Left debate whether the left-wing parties should or could support Lajos Bokros as candidate for Budapest mayor despite his neoliberal economic ideas. The leading left-wing daily predicts that after the municipal elections, a new round of intra-Left battles will unfold. READ MORE

PM Orbán on Christian Democracy

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

As PM Orbán praises the ideals of Christian Democracy, the leading left-wing daily accuses him of betraying its core principles. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, believes that the Fidesz-KDNP coalition has a coherent ideological vision. READ MORE

Liberals at a loss about state honours to Kertész

Monday, September 1st, 2014

A left-liberal writer thinks the government has managed to baffle the opposing camp by decorating Nobel Prize winning author Imre Kertész. His conservative counterpart believes this was a win-win game for both sides and a contribution to bridging deep-set divisions. READ MORE

Left ‘captured’ by obsolete neoliberal ideas

Friday, August 8th, 2014

A conservative analyst contends that the Hungarian Left is failing to offer compelling and coherent answers to the challenges of contemporary societies. Instead, its representatives keep repeating the hollow slogans of liberalism – and label their opponents as fascists. READ MORE

Jobbik seen as a revolt of the young

Monday, April 28th, 2014

A former LMP politician condemns liberal intellectuals and Socialist politicians who are content with labelling the young supporters of Jobbik as an extreme right crowd instead of recognizing and addressing their concerns. READ MORE

Left-liberal intellectuals blamed for election defeat

Friday, April 25th, 2014

A left-liberal daily says intellectuals might be an easy target now, but they did not stop the Socialists from touring the country and convincing people to vote for them. READ MORE

New Roma party has meagre chances

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

A left-wing daily believes the new Roma party will eat into the constituency of the opposition, while a Roma politician maintains in a pro-government weekly that the Roma should change themselves, to change their plight. READ MORE