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More reactions to PM Orbán’s ’Transit’ speech

Thursday, August 31st, 2023

A pro-government columnist praises the Prime Minister’s analysis at the Fidesz ’Transit’ festival last Saturday on what makes the right wing so successful. An independent analyst sees DK leader Ferenc Gyurcsány’s reaction as a ‘response in kind’. READ MORE

PM Orbán opens the ‘political season’

Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

Commentators offer starkly opposing evaluations of the Prime Minister’s words at his party’s annual ‘Tranzit’ festival in Tihany, at Lake Balaton. READ MORE

Weeklies on Hungary’s position in the world – as reflected in the 20 August festivities

Monday, August 28th, 2023

Opposition-leaning columnists vituperate against the government for only inviting a collection of  ‘undemocratic’ leaders to celebrate Saint Stephen’s day and watch the World Athletics Championship underway all week in Budapest. Pro-government weeklies regard both the national day and the World Athletics Championship as resounding successes for the country. READ MORE

A dozen foreign leaders visit Hungary on August 20

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023

As Hungary celebrated St Stephen’s day on Sunday, commentators express opposing views on the presence of a high number of foreign luminaries (but not a single incumbent leader from EU countries). READ MORE

Weeklies on the character of the Hungarian government

Monday, August 14th, 2023

Left-wing and liberal authors describe what they call the Orbán regime as an outlier in the European Union, while their pro-government counterparts see it as upholding the values of freedom and national sovereignty in a sometimes-hostile environment. READ MORE

President Novák approves new Ukrainian ambassador

Saturday, August 12th, 2023

Experts believe that the new ambassador, an ethnic Hungarian, was kept waiting for months, to reciprocate a similar procedure by Ukraine with Hungary’s ambassador to Kyiv. READ MORE

Pro-Fidesz film producer condemns Fidesz oligarchs

Thursday, August 10th, 2023

In an interview with a left-wing website, a filmmaker who produced documentaries critical of former Socialist Prime Ministers has repeated his condemnation of oligarchs close to the current government who brazenly enrich themselves, but pledged his continued loyalty to PM Orbán. READ MORE

Weeklies on US-Hungary relations

Monday, August 7th, 2023

Although the new restrictions on visa-free travel imposed by the United States on Hungarian citizens will not create problems for most visitors, the weeklies see them as a serious development, a litmus test of the deterioration of Hungary’s ties with its main ally. READ MORE

Weeklies on the Prime Minister’s Băile Tușnad speech

Monday, July 31st, 2023

Left-wing and liberal authors lambast Prime Minister Orbán for what they see as provocative remarks on Hungary’s neighbours. Pro-government commentators find remarkable points in his address. READ MORE

More comments on the PM’s Băile Tușnad address

Friday, July 28th, 2023

Pro-government commentators angrily reject criticism by Romania, Slovakia and Czechia of PM Orbán’s speech at the annual Fidesz festival in Transylvania, while liberal authors accuse him of provoking neighbouring countries. READ MORE