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Energy price compensation for local councils

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

A pro-government commentator lambasts the Democratic Coalition for alleging that the government denies energy price compensation subsidies to districts that elected left-wing mayors. READ MORE

Debate on the planned sale of council-owned properties

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Fidesz MP László Böröcz tabled a bill in Parliament that would enable current tenants to buy flats owned by local councils at a hugely discounted price (10-30 per cent of their market value). READ MORE

PM Orbán announces new economic action plan

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

Echoing the opposition parties, a left-wing commentator accuses the government of ‘bleeding dry’ local councils by reducing local business taxes. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, accuses the opposition of the ‘absurd tendency’ to increase taxes in times of economic hardship. READ MORE

The Left braces for the municipal elections

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

A liberal commentator calls rural pro-government voters ‘simpletons’ and urges urban left-wing liberals to educate them. A left-wing analyst thinks that the opposition’s efforts to mobilize through petitions and referenda are counterproductive. READ MORE

Controversies over the Roma in Miskolc and around the Roma Holocaust

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Liberal pundits criticize both Right and Left for not confronting policies which they see as targeting the Roma who live in poverty. A Minister is criticized for his “unfortunate” statement on the Roma Holocaust. A Dutch-Hungarian psychologist calls for the publication of Hungarian crime statistics by ethnicity. READ MORE

Row on the Left over Budapest mayoral candidate rolls on

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The leading left-wing daily accuses the floor leader of the MSZP of obstructing the agreement on a joint left-wing mayoral candidate. A pro-government columnist suggests that the latest candidate for the Left lacks the expertise needed to run Budapest. READ MORE

President sets date for municipal elections

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Left-wing and liberal columnists accuse the government of rewriting the Budapest municipal election rules in order to secure their victory at the October election, and the Constitutional Court of assisting the government in what they consider as a limitation of basic rights. A conservative analyst contends that the new rules will make the governance of Budapest more effective. Another suggests that  accusations of malpractice against the government is a sure sign that the Left anticipates another defeat. READ MORE

Controversial left-wing candidate in Miskolc

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Columnists wonder whether it is acceptable and reasonable for the Left to support as a candidate for mayor of Miskolc a former police chief known for his highly controversial statements about Roma crime. READ MORE

Extreme right leader elected village mayor

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Pro-government commentators accuse former PM Ferenc Gyurcsány’s DK party of being ready to cooperate with far right organizations to beat Fidesz. Some liberal commentators agree that the DK’s anti-Orbán rhetoric may have strange side-effects, others point out that local DK leaders acted without the knowledge of the centre and were kicked out of the party immediately. READ MORE

Government taking over municipalities’ debt

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The leading leftist daily says a partial government bail-out was inevitable but the banks that funded Hungarian local governments are unlikely to recover all their money. READ MORE