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Weeklies on the first days of opposition rule in Budapest

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Weeklies wonder if the opposition parties who defeated Fidesz in almost half of the big cities, including the capital, will become its real challenger at the 2022 Parliamentary elections. READ MORE

Further analyses of the opposition breakthrough

Monday, November 4th, 2019

After losing ten consecutive local and national elections by a landslide majority, the opposition won mayoral posts in 11 out of 23 major cities throughout Hungary on 13 October. The surprise development still gives commentators ample food for thought. READ MORE

A call for moral purity in the MSZP

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

A left-wing columnist cites two cases which could do serious damage to the Socialist party if it fails to urgently distance itself from immoral behaviour in its ranks. READ MORE

Karácsony’s taped remarks on infighting within the Left

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Reacting to a taped conversation in which opposition Budapest mayoral candidate Gergely Karácsony expresses grave moral problems with the Socialist Party, a pro-government columnist urges Karácsony to quit the political scene, while a liberal commentator praises him as a staunch opponent of corruption. READ MORE

Weeklies on new balance of power on the left

Monday, June 10th, 2019

A right-wing analyst ponders whether Fidesz will once again have to face a single left-wing opponent, just like a decade ago, while left-wing commentators wonder whether Momentum will be able to represent a liberal pole on the Hungarian political scene. READ MORE

MSZP MP calls Fidesz supporters ’rats’

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Commentators almost unanimously condemn a Socialist MP who referred to rats when speaking about the popularity of Fidesz. One, however, accepts her denial. READ MORE

Government and Opposition trade accusations of anti-Semitism

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Left-wing and liberal commentators claim that the government’s philosemitic and pro-Israel messages are just window-dressing. A pro-government columnist finds it outrageous that the Left is willing to cooperate with the Jobbik party. A centrist pundit thinks that it is good news that all mainstream parties try to disavow anti-Semitism. READ MORE

First round of left-wing Budapest mayoral preliminary

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

As the Párbeszéd (Dialogue) candidate defeats the MSZP candidate in the first round of the Left’S Budapest mayoral preliminary election, both a left-wing and a pro-government columnist doubt whether the Left can defeat Fidesz in the capital. READ MORE

Demonstration planned against the Overtime Bill

Friday, December 7th, 2018

An alt-left columnist urges his readers to attend Saturday’s march against the planned extension of overtime limits and criticises Socialist leaders who compare themselves to the French yellow vest movement. READ MORE

MSZP elects new leader

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

A left-wing commentator hopes that the MSZP can regain its popularity after electing a new party chairman. A pro-government pundit thinks that the MSZP would need to put ‘national interests’ first if it wants to renew itself. READ MORE