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Liberal pundit justifies US funding for opposition

Saturday, July 8th, 2023

A well-known liberal commentator thinks opposition parties couldn’t finance their electoral campaigns without help from abroad. READ MORE

Opposition deemed weightless and irrelevant

Friday, November 25th, 2022

An independent political analyst contends that as the opposition has failed to mount a credible challenge to the government, its last hope is that the government’s popularity will be eroded by external geopolitical or economic difficulties. READ MORE

Police investigate Márki-Zay’s campaign financing

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

As the Hungarian police launch an investigation into the funding of Péter Márki-Zay’s campaign in the April election, a pro-government pundit accuses the opposition of serving foreign interests. A left-wing columnist retorts that pro-government NGOs use public funding all the time to promote the government’s messages. READ MORE

Márki-Zay’s foreign funding 

Thursday, September 1st, 2022

A pro-government columnist claims that by receiving several hundred million Forints in campaign donations from a US foundation, the opposition frontrunner in the April election became a puppet of his foreign supporters. READ MORE

Gyurcsány accused of working against Márki-Zay

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

A pro-government columnist cites unnamed sources to allege that Ferenc Gyurcsány did his best to weaken Péter Márki-Zay in the election – to make sure that Márki-Zay could not contest Gyurcsány’s leadership on the Left. READ MORE

Weeklies on the elections – with two weeks’ hindsight

Monday, April 25th, 2022

Commentators still struggle to find consistent explanations for the fourth consecutive electoral victory of Fidesz on 3 April. There is even less clarity, however, on how the opposition can recover from its latest defeat. READ MORE

An independent analyst on Fidesz’s victory

Friday, April 8th, 2022

A former liberal party chair, who also served for a time as a Fidesz MP, ascribes the landslide victory of the government side to its success in embracing the concerns of blue-collar Hungary. READ MORE

Fidesz wins two-thirds majority for the fourth time in a row

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Both a pro-government and a liberal pundit predict that after Sunday’s landslide Fidesz victory, the opposition alliance will disintegrate. READ MORE

More comments on the Ukraine war

Saturday, February 26th, 2022

Opposition-leaning commentators squarely condemn Russia, while pro-government ones agree to sanctions on Moscow but lambast the opposition candidate for Prime Minister who suggested Hungary should send weapons and soldiers to help Ukraine (although only if NATO asked her to). READ MORE

Another controversial statement by Péter Márki-Zay

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

A pro-government pundit lambasts opposition frontrunner Márki-Zay for suggesting that the opposition represents all currents, including fascists and communists. A left-wing commentator accuses the right of ignoring Márki-Zay’s clarification and apology. READ MORE