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EU criticized – from the Left

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

A left-wing commentator suspects that Hungary supports Bosnia-Herzegovina’s EU candidacy application in order to paralyse the EU and keep Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia out. READ MORE

EU to discuss new membership applications

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

A conservative analyst echoes Prime Minister Orbán’s view that the EU should offer candidate status not only to Ukraine, at its summit on 23-24 June, but to countries in the West Balkans as well. READ MORE

Repercussions of the Russian sanctions deal

Monday, June 6th, 2022

Commentators on Left and Right ponder the broader implications of Hungary’s opposition to EU sanctions on Russian oil and Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church. READ MORE

PM Orbán blocks sanctions on Patriarch Kirill

Saturday, June 4th, 2022

A pro-government columnist lambasts the EU for proposing sanctions against the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church. A conservative critic, on the other hand, accuses the government of whitewashing Putin’s regime. 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

Slim chances of a new right-wing coalition in Europe?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

A centrist pundit quotes two European political experts to suggest that, despite the decline of centre-right parties, traditionalist right-wing conservatives have not yet become more powerful, and even the creation of a new right-wing alliance is proving more difficult than expected. READ MORE

Weeklies on the new government

Monday, May 30th, 2022

After the swearing-in of the new Cabinet ministers last week, the weeklies try to make sense of the new composition of Prime Minister Orbán’s government. Two left-wing weeklies lament the sad state of the opposition. READ MORE

PM imposes windfall tax on ‘extra profits’

Friday, May 27th, 2022

A left-wing columnist believes the new exceptional powers under which the new taxes will be levied are motivated by an insatiable appetite for power, while his pro-government counterpart sees them as an attempt to serve social justice. READ MORE

Government declares ‘war emergency’

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

A liberal weekly believes the special powers will be used to take swift measures of the kind used by the government during the Covid pandemic emergency. READ MORE