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Hungary and Poland defiant over rule of law criteria

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

A pro-government and a liberal commentator both find it unlikely that the EU can broker a deal with Hungary and Poland on rule of law conditionality. They also agree that the debate will determine the future of the EU. READ MORE

PM Orbán responds to George Soros

Friday, November 27th, 2020

Replying to an article by George Soros, the Hungarian Prime minister accuses what he calls ‘the Soros network’ of trying to eliminate national sovereignty and facilitate migration in order to create a multicultural Europe that would be ‘easy prey for global elites’. READ MORE

George Clooney criticizes Hungarian government

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

A left-wing pundit thinks that US actor George Clooney is right in calling the Hungarian government a textbook example of authoritarian hatred. A left-wing blogger and conservative commentators, on the other hand, express diverging but equally opposing opinions. READ MORE

Hungary takes out 2.5 billion EUR loan

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

An independent financial analyst agrees with the Prime Minister that Hungary can secure cheap loans and finance the country even without the EU reconstruction fund, which for the moment has been blocked by Hungary and Poland. READ MORE

EU measures seen as reminiscent of the Soviet Union

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Pro-government columnists agree with Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch, that the EU’s attempts to make financial disbursements conditional on resect for the ‘rule of law’ resemble Soviet attitudes. A left-wing commentator predicts that PM Orbán will have to retreat in order to get access to vital EU funding. READ MORE

Government’s elbowroom wears thinner as Biden prepares to take office

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

A liberal commentator suggests that Joe Biden’s electoral victory is already changing power relations in Europe – and not in favour of the Hungarian government. READ MORE

Confrontation over the rule of law seen as difficult to resolve

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

A pro-government analyst fears that through the rule of law procedures, Brussels might try to force Hungarians to give up their way of life. A left-wing commentator finds it hard for either side to back down. READ MORE

Hungary and Poland block EU budget over the rule of law controversy

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

The former Hungarian EU Commissioner thinks Hungary is heading for a frontal collision with the Union. READ MORE

Hungary’s football team qualifies for EURO 20

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Two critics of the government admit that they are elated by the unexpectedly fine performance of the national team and believe that their critics within the opposition are wrong. READ MORE

PM Orbán announces new restrictions to combat the pandemic

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

A left-wing political scientist deems the government’s epidemic emergency policies announced on Monday belated and week. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, thinks that the restrictions are necessary – and describes opposition criticism as incoherent and irresponsible. READ MORE