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Weeklies on Ukraine and the plight of the opposition

Monday, September 4th, 2023

Commentators ponder the significance of President Novák’s visit to Kyiv and wonder aloud what the right approach to the war in Ukraine might be. Another topic analysts dissect is whether the opposition can (ever) put up a meaningful challenge to the government. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s interview with Tucker Carlson draws huge audience

Friday, September 1st, 2023

According to one commentator the Prime Minister contradicted himself in the interview, while news outlets mostly point out the reactions to his words. READ MORE

President Novák to meet Zelensky and the Pope

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023

The leading news website believes Ms Novák intends to assess the chances of a peace initiative in Ukraine. READ MORE

President Novák approves new Ukrainian ambassador

Saturday, August 12th, 2023

Experts believe that the new ambassador, an ethnic Hungarian, was kept waiting for months, to reciprocate a similar procedure by Ukraine with Hungary’s ambassador to Kyiv. READ MORE

Romania’s Foreign Ministry criticises President Novák

Friday, June 2nd, 2023

A left-wing commentator believes Hungarian leaders often behave tactlessly when visiting neighbouring countries. READ MORE

Outgoing Jewish leader accuses the government of abandoning ’zero tolerance’

Thursday, May 11th, 2023

The pro-government nationwide daily rejects the accusation levelled by András Heisler, the outgoing President of the neolog Jewish organisation (MAZSIHISZ) against the government and assures Jewish Hungarians that ’zero tolerance’ against anti-Semitism is still in force in Hungary. READ MORE

President Novák vetoes whistleblower law

Thursday, April 27th, 2023

A left-wing commentator suspects that the veto was just meant to boost Ms Novák’s prestige. A pro-government columnist sees the presidential veto as proof that democracy works in Hungary. READ MORE

President Novák attends Warsaw NATO summit

Friday, February 24th, 2023

A pro-government analyst praises the President’s role in explaining Hungary’s stance on Ukraine to NATO allies, while a left-wing columnist suggests that the government side is transmitting contradictory messages on the issue. READ MORE

President Novák’s visit to Ukraine

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

Left-wing and liberal sites believe that government supporters oppose the President’s friendly gesture to Ukraine, while a pro-government analyst writes that Ms Novák’s visit to Kyiv was consistent with the government’s stance in favour of a just peace for Hungary’s war-torn eastern neighbour. READ MORE

Katalin Novák inaugurated as Hungary’s first female president

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

A pro-government commentator and his left-wing counterpart both note the new president’s fierce condemnation of ‘Putin’s aggression’ against Ukraine in her inaugural speech. But they equally point out her remarks cautioning against sanctions, which she said would harm Hungarians more than Russia. What is welcomed by the former, however, is seen as a shortcoming by the latter. READ MORE