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Further comments on the departure of the Central European University

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Left-wing commentators see a litmus test in the government’s handing of the CEU affair; one explains why the Prime Minister feels he cannot compromise on that matter, while pro-government outlets ridicule the protests over the planned transfer of most CEU courses to Vienna. READ MORE

Hungarians deeply divided on the anniversary of the revolution

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Commentators are just as divided on the speeches by leading politicians as the latter were in their interpretations of 1956 and current political matters. READ MORE

PM Orbán at the EU summit

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

A pro-government columnist welcomes the Prime Minister’s insistence on stopping illegal migration through border control, and instead of admitting refugees, helping people in need in their own homelands. READ MORE

Turkish mosque not permitted

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

In the wake of President Erdoğan’s visit to Budapest, a left-wing commentator remarks that despite appearances, Hungarian-Turkish relations ‘are not unclouded’. Hungary refuses to authorise the building of a mosque which would be sponsored by Turkey. READ MORE

Erdogan in Budapest

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

After the first day of President Erdogan’s visit to Budapest, left-wing outlets complain about the absence of criticism of oppression in Turkey on the part of the government and remark that public demonstrations against the Turkish President have been feeble. READ MORE

Government confronts Brussels

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

After several cabinet ministers, including the Prime Minister, have described Hungary’s disagreements with the EU mainstream as a conflict over uncontrolled mass migration, a left-wing commentator predicts that Hungary will remain without friends in the world. READ MORE

Commentators on Hungarian-Russian relations

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Analysing the frequent meetings between President Putin of Russia and PM Orbán of Hungary, two researchers independently suggest that both parties seek to promote their national interests rather than sharing joint values.
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Dispute with EU rolls on

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Commentators right across the political spectrum ponder the implications of the European People’s Party’s decision to keep Fidesz within its ranks, and French President Macron’s suggestion that EU funding should be conditional on accepting a common EU border policy. READ MORE

European Parliament vote opens a new age

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Commentators are sharply divided in their assessments of the clash between Hungary’s Prime Minister and his critics in the European Parliament. They agree however that what happened has opened a new chapter in the relations between Hungary and the European Union. READ MORE

Orbán rejects EU pressure

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

After the Hungarian Prime Minister told the European Parliament that he will not yield to what he called ‘blackmail’, commentators weigh the pros and the cons of voting for or against the Sargentini report. READ MORE