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Weeklies on Hungary as an outlier in the EU

Monday, January 30th, 2023

Left-wing commentators wonder if the government is paving the way for Hungary to eventually leave the European Union, while a pro-government columnist lambasts left-wing members of the European Parliament who accuse Hungary of corruption, while their peers are under investigation for taking hundreds of millions of Euros in bribes. READ MORE

The National Anthem through a political lens

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

The Day of Hungarian Culture has been celebrated on 22 January since 1989, the day in 1823 when Ferenc Kölcsey completed the verses of what would soon become the Hungarian National Anthem. Commentators on both sides draw political lessons on the 200th anniversary. READ MORE

Weeklies on PM Orbán’s strategic remarks

Monday, January 16th, 2023

Left-wing and liberal authors suspect that the Prime Minister is considering detaching himself from the Western alliance of which Hungary is a member, while pro-government commentators agree with his view that the international arena is increasingly characterised by opposition between rigid blocks. READ MORE

Conflicting views on Hungary’s place in the world

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

A speech by Prime Minister Orbán about Hungary’s efforts to avoid a new cold war and another by US Ambassador David Pressman exhorting ‘everyone to make their choice’ have prompted widely disparate commentaries from left-wing and pro-government columnists. READ MORE

A pro-government reply to Ukrainian accusations

Friday, December 30th, 2022

A pro-government website lists a series of facts to debunk the Ukrainian accusation that Prime Minister Orbán treats Ukraine with ‘pathological disregard’ (see BudaPost, December 29). READ MORE

Ukrainian FM accuses PM Orbán of insensitivity

Thursday, December 29th, 2022

Hungarian news outlets reproduce the Ukrainian statement without commenting on it, but pro-government news sites illustrate the remarks with media photos to express their disapproval. READ MORE

Prime Minister Orbán’s end-of-the-year speech

Friday, December 23rd, 2022

A pro-government commentator agrees with the Prime Minister that Hungary has done well in the past year, despite unprecedented difficulties. A left-wing columnist accuses the Prime Minister of talking hot air. READ MORE

Weeklies on the EU payments deal

Monday, December 19th, 2022

A pro-government commentator hopes that by next spring EU decision-makers will convince themselves that Hungary has fulfilled the rule of law conditions set by the European Commission. Opposition-leaning columnists, on the other hand, welcome the decision to keep Hungary under close watch. READ MORE

PM Orbán declines doorstep after morning mass

Saturday, December 17th, 2022

Opinions diverge on whether it was ill-bred of a journalist to try and interview the Prime Minister as he was leaving a church service. READ MORE

Gyurcsány brands Orbán a ‘fascist’

Thursday, December 1st, 2022

As Ferenc Gyurcsány calls the Prime Minister a ‘fascist’, a pro-government commentator retorts that the leader of the Democratic Coalition is mentally deranged. READ MORE