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Oil flow from Russia resumes

Friday, August 12th, 2022

A pro-government pundit ridicules explanations by liberal commentators of the one-week interruption of Russian oil deliveries, while a left-wing commentator laments Hungary’s dependence on Russian gas and oil supplies. READ MORE

Russia cuts oil supplies

Thursday, August 11th, 2022

The crude oil flow through the Friendship II pipeline has been suspended for six days. A business website weighs the options that remain open to Hungary. READ MORE

Rumours about EU plans to tax Russian oil

Friday, June 10th, 2022

Commenting on the alleged plan to impose a heavy European import duty on Russian oil, a conservative thinks that the EU would harm its own unity if it circumvents a member state’s right to veto collective decisions. READ MORE

EU oil embargo compromise seen as a success for PM Orbán

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

Pro-government as well as left-wing and liberal commentators agree that the 6th round of EU sanctions against Russia represents a victory for Prime Minister Orbán. They disagree, however, on whether the agreement serves Hungary’s long-term interests. READ MORE

EU brokers deal on oil embargo

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

In a first swift reaction to news of an agreement on the partial ban of Russian oil by the EU, a conservative pundit praises the Hungarian government for defending Hungarian interests and securing cheap oil for the country. READ MORE

Plans for an oil embargo without Hungary

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

A pro-government columnist believes Hungary would be happy with a non-binding embargo on Russian crude oil, as suggested by the German Deputy Chancellor. READ MORE

The government maintains refusal to accept ban on oil and gas imports from Russia

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

As the government rejects a proposed ban on imported Russian oil – unless the full cost is reimbursed by the European Union, a right-wing analyst praises that position as one rooted in democracy. READ MORE

Weeklies on the row over banning oil imports from Russia

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Opposition-leaning weeklies accuse the government of conniving with Moscow, by rejecting the proposed ban on importing Russian crude oil without significant compensation from the European Union. Pro-government commentators, on the other hand, argue that Hungary’s position is dictated by plain common sense. READ MORE

Phasing out Russian oil still dominates news

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Pro-government commentators find the EU proposal to eliminate Russian oil unrealistic and even counterproductive. Left-wing and liberal pundits also acknowledge the economic cost of an oil embargo, but fear that abandoning or diluting the plan would weaken the EU and benefit Russia. READ MORE

Diplomatic skirmish with Croatia over PM Orbán’s statement

Friday, May 13th, 2022

A pro-government and a left-wing commentator both dismiss as exaggerated the Croatian Foreign Ministry’s reaction to Prime Minister Orbán’s remark that Hungary cannot easily replace Russian oil because its sea-coast and ports were taken away from it. READ MORE