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Concerns over minority rights in Ukraine

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

A conservative columnist thinks that once the war is over, Hungarian minorities in Ukraine should be granted territorial autonomy, and dismisses allegations that Hungary wants to re-annex Transcarpathia. READ MORE

Ukraine accused of intimidating Hungarian minority

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

A left-wing commentator condemns the Ukrainian authorities for persecuting local ethnic Hungarians who sang the Hungarian Anthem. She believes, nonetheless, that the Hungarian government should be less tough on Ukraine. READ MORE

Hungary blocks Ukraine’s NATO integration

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Magyar Nemzet agrees with the government’s assessment that the recently adopted Ukrainian education act severely curbs education in minority languages, but finds it misplaced for Hungary to be a lonely protester against embattled Ukraine. READ MORE

Lessons of the Catalan referendum for Hungarian minorities

Monday, October 16th, 2017

A liberal analyst deplores the unilateral move by Catalonias leaders towards independence, while a pro-government commentator is more sympathetic. Both agree, however, that it has created further difficulties for transborder Hungarians seeking autonomy. READ MORE

A proposal to solve the row over the Ukrainian law on public education

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

A researcher on international law believes Hungary should give the majority of Ukrainian politicians the benefit of the doubt, and negotiate an amendment to their new law which violates the right of minorities to be taught in their mother tongue in the public school system. READ MORE

Alt-left blogger calls for more identity politics

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

A left-wing blogger thinks that the Left should abandon the idea that “the people” is one single unit and embrace diversity instead. It should mobilize underrepresented groups, without trying to create a homogenous nation. READ MORE

Jobbik in focus

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Is Jobbik a post-fascist movement or a fringe protest party? Does it pursue a racist and neo-Nazi ideology? How radical is its agenda? Is it comparable to far-right populist parties in Western Europe? In VS, a new centrist online media outlet, popular intellectuals and pundits discuss Jobbik’s ideology and its electoral prospects in a comparative perspective. READ MORE

Repercussions of PM Orbán’s speech at the World Jewish Congress

Monday, May 13th, 2013

A conservative columnist fears that the apology of WJC chairman Ronald S. Lauder for his earlier criticism of PM Orbán’s speech will not be as widely reported in the international media as the original communique blaming Orbán for not being specific enough in distancing his party from the anti-Semitic far-right. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, criticizes PM Orbán’s labelling of the Jews as a minority. READ MORE

MSZP outing in Romania sparks controversy

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

A Hungarian journalist in Romania criticises the panic of some minority Hungarians after the Hungarian Socialist Party held a meeting in Cluj, and warns them that in a democracy, parties do not hold on to power forever. READ MORE

European left accused of bias towards Romanian PM

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

A commentator on the right finds the idea of a new Socialist policy targeting national minorities a campaign lie, and asks why the European left voted against a motion to examine Romanian Socialist Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s policies. READ MORE