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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

Could Hungary get financial compensation for phasing out Russian oil?

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Before leaks or rumours spread about substantial compensation to be paid to Hungary for its vote on the ban of oil imports from Russia, a left-wing commentator argued that Hungary stands isolated in the world, while his pro-government counterpart saw Prime Minister Orbán as a key actor on the European scene. READ MORE

Foreign Minister reaffirms objections to EU sanctions on Russian oil

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

A pro-government pundit, as well as his alt-left counterpart, agree that the EU’s proposed embargo on Russian oil would harm the EU more than Russia, and is unlikely to stop the war. READ MORE

Hungary to veto European ban on Russian oil

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

As PM Viktor Orbán tells Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, that Hungary cannot accept ‘in its current form’ the Commission’s proposal to impose a ban on oil imports from Russia, the main government daily calls the Commission irresponsible. READ MORE

Hungary opposes the planned European ban on Russian oil

Friday, May 6th, 2022

A pro-government commentator fears that Hungary would find itself in war-like conditions if it has to cut oil imports from Russia, in line with the latest European Commission proposals. READ MORE

Opposing views on gas imports from Russia

Friday, March 11th, 2022

A left-wing commentator proposes that Hungarians cut back their consumption of natural gas, to reduce the country’s dependence on Russian supplies. A pro-government columnist accuses the left of betraying the national interest on this issue. READ MORE

Germany and Hungary oppose ban on Russian energy imports

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

A pro-government pundit, known for his highly opinionated comments, finds it natural that the German chancellor doesnt want gas and oil imports from Russia to stop. He lambasts the left-wing Hungarian media, which regularly accuse PM Orbán of being subservient to Russia if he expresses similar views. READ MORE

Government to buy Eon-gas with a view to gas talks with Russia

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

A pro-government commentator dismisses a comment by Financial Times Deutschland which  brands the government’s endeavour to buy back the German owned main gas supply network as “madness, populism and a return to Goulash-Communism”. READ MORE

MOL CEO likely to be cleared of Croatian charges

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Magyar Nemzet believes the corruption charges against the CEO of Hungary’s oil giant were part of the Croatian election campaign and will be dropped soon after the elections. READ MORE