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Dispute over EU border control plans

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Commenting on the plans to strengthen Frontex, a pro-government columnist agrees with the government’s position that EU member states should keep their sovereignty over border and immigration control. A conservative critic of the government believes that stronger EU border control is not intended to weaken sovereignty. READ MORE

Chancellor Merkel in peril

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

A pro-government and a left-wing columnist both think that Chancel Angela Merkel is in a difficult situation, and unless she overcomes the challengers she faces, she may soon lose power. READ MORE

Conflicting interpretations of the Chemnitz riots

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

A pro-government columnist sees the clashes in eastern Germany as proof of the failure of the open doors immigration policy followed by the German government, while his left-wing colleague thinks Mrs Merkel and her government are the only rampart against right-wing extremism. READ MORE

Calls for EU-Russia rapprochement

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Pro-government analysts, commenting on President Putin’s visit to Germany and Austria, call on the EU and European governments to cooperate with Russia rather than following US interests in isolating her. READ MORE

Orbán meets Merkel in Berlin

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Commentators agree that the tensions between the two leaders persist but believe that it is in the interests of both to dampen the controversy. READ MORE

EU ponders a linkage between structural funds and asylum-seekers

Monday, February 26th, 2018

As Chancellor Merkel proposes that EU structural funds should be contingent on accepting the redistribution of asylum-seekers, conservative commentators accuse her, as well as the EU, of blackmail. READ MORE

German grand coalition revived

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Columnists wonder whether the grand coalition led by Angela Merkel will restore Germany’s stability, and whether the new German government’s policies will be favorable for Hungary. READ MORE

Chancellor Kurz – an ally of Hungary?

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

As the new right-wing coalition takes office in Austria, Hungarian commentators try to gauge the depth of the political change next door. READ MORE

Kurz seen as an ally for the Hungarian government

Friday, November 10th, 2017

A pro-government analyst believes that Austria’s new chancellor will seek allies in Hungary and the other Visegrád 4 countries, in order to in counter German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policies. As a result, he believes, new opportunities will open for Hungary for her voice to be heard in the European Union. READ MORE

Macron seen as the mountain, giving birth to a mouse

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

A pro-government columnist thinks the ten-year road map for a closer European Union laid out by President Macron of France is a collection of commonplaces or unrealistic ideas which merely aim at bolstering his dwindling popularity at home. READ MORE