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First round of left-wing Budapest mayoral preliminary

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

As the Párbeszéd (Dialogue) candidate defeats the MSZP candidate in the first round of the Left’S Budapest mayoral preliminary election, both a left-wing and a pro-government columnist doubt whether the Left can defeat Fidesz in the capital. READ MORE

Anti-government protests running out of steam

Monday, January 28th, 2019

A left-wing columnist suggests that the demonstrations against the government’s so-called ‘slave law’ are losing momentum. READ MORE

18-year-old girl becomes iconic opposition figure

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Pro-government outlets find it pathetic that the opposition discovers its main hero in a high school student who used vulgar expressions addressing an anti-government demonstration. Pro-opposition sites condemn politically motivated attacks on the 18-year-old. READ MORE

Liberal analyst urges increasing opposition radicalism

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

A liberal political scientist calls on opposition parties to combine radical initiatives in the public square with concerted preparations for the European Parliamentary elections. READ MORE

The chances of broad opposition cooperation

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Weeklies and the weekend editions of dailies try to asses the chances of a broad anti-government coalition emerging, and whether it might prove a challenge to Fidesz. READ MORE

Unions cooling on idea of national strike?

Friday, January 11th, 2019

According to the leading pro-government daily, trade unions could not reach agreement on a general strike proposed last week at the opposition demonstrations against the Overtime Bill. A liberal commentator points out that both the labour code and public sentiments make it difficult to call a general strike in Hungary. READ MORE

Debate over joint opposition EP platform proposal

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

A pro-government commentator accuses those opposition parties which are pondering running jointly at the EP election of ‘of serving ‘foreign interests’. A left-wing pundit welcomes the proposal, claiming that the Left needs to cooperate with Jobbik to defeat Fidesz and restore democracy. A liberal columnist finds the opposition cooperation counterproductive. READ MORE

Opposition parties ponder joint platform for EP elections 

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

A pro-government commentator thinks that opposition parties will lose votes if they run jointly in the 2019 European Parliamentary election. A liberal analyst wonders whether the protests against the Overtime Bill have united opposition voters. READ MORE

Opposition united in opposing the government

Monday, January 7th, 2019

After the ‘protest oath’ taken by opposition MPs on the steps of the parliament building and before Saturday’s mass demonstration, commentators tried to make sense of the newly forged unity among opposition parties – some of which until recently opposed one another just as fiercely as they opposed Fidesz. READ MORE

Demonstrations still in focus

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

While opposition leaders are bracing for new mass demonstrations, although anti-government protestors on Tuesday only numbered a few dozen people, commentators continue to advise various strategies to follow on both sides. READ MORE