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Parliament passes NGO law

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Two liberal weeklies accuse the government of trying to demonize and silence foreign funded watchdog organizations. READ MORE

Soros and the PM exchange Mafia accusations

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

As George Soros depicts the Orbán government as a ‘mafia state’, government politicians including the premier himself describe the NGOs supported by Mr Soros as ‘a mafia network.’ A pro-government columnist fears that anti-government protesters will soon turn violent. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, finds the government’s rhetoric frightening. READ MORE

European Parliament calls for the triggering of Article 7 against Hungary

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Pro-government commentators interpret the EP resolution against Hungary as a politically motivated attack by pro-migration forces. An independent and a left-wing columnist, on the other hand, agree with the authors of the text which accuses Hungary of violating basic EU norms. READ MORE

PM Orbán under fire in the European Parliament

Friday, April 28th, 2017

While the Prime Minister defended his policies against sharp criticism by the European Commission and MEPs, a legal analyst wrote that the infringement procedure launched by the Commission against Hungary rests on shaky foundations. READ MORE

Dispute over ‘open society’ – and its critics

Monday, April 24th, 2017

As Parliament begins to debate a bill on NGOs which receive foreign funding, pundits across the political spectrum discuss the idea of an ‘open society’, an ideal frequently evoked by George Soros, and assess the status and political role of NGOs in Hungary. READ MORE

Prime Minister Orbán’s Easter interviews

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Commenting on PM Orbán’s Easter interviews, a conservative critic of the government thinks that Fidesz has alienated its conservative intellectual supporters. A pro-government commentator shares the PM’s view, when he detects George Soros behind the recent anti-government protests. READ MORE

PM Orbán opens spring session debates

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A conservative economist agrees with the Prime Minister that the economy is on a firm footing and that Hungary haa chance of catching up with western Europe. Another analyst accuses the Prime Minister of trying to divert attention from corruption. READ MORE

More on government vs watchdog NGOs

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

An independent conservative author sees no justifiable reason for the government to lash out against NGOs subsidised by liberal western sources. A pro-government analyst, on the other hand believes that foreign interests in Hungarian politics must be made visible. READ MORE

Dispute over NGOs still in the headlines

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Pundits across the political spectrum debate if and to what extent NGOs should be considered as political actors rather than independent organizations. READ MORE

Dispute over ‘pseudo-NGOs’ heats up

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Left-wing and liberal sources liken the government’s plans to require asset declarations from NGO executives to totalitarian and dictatorial policies. Centrist commentators welcome more transparency but criticize the harsh language. A conservative columnist thinks that the proposal is a mere political red herring. READ MORE