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The Ukraine war casts doubts on the Paks project

Tuesday, March 8th, 2022

A left-wing commentator believes that after Russian troops shot salvos at the Zaporizhie nuclear power station, the project of building of two new giant blocks next to the Paks nuclear power station should be scrapped. READ MORE

Different takes on Hungary’s dependency on Russian gas

Friday, March 4th, 2022

A pro-government columnist lambasts the opposition for demanding more independence from Russian energy imports. A liberal pundit accuses the government of compromising moral values by doing business with authoritarian regimes. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s visit to Moscow

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

A pro-government commentator thinks that PM Orbán managed to broker important economic deals with President Putin. A liberal commentator, on the other hand, thinks that President Putin used the Hungarian leader’s visit for propaganda purposes. READ MORE

Prime Minister Orbán to visit Moscow

Saturday, January 22nd, 2022

A liberal commentator finds it highly controversial of Prime Minister Orbán to pay a visit to Russian President Putin at a time when relations between NATO and the EU and Moscow are so tense. A pro-government analyst thinks that Hungary can and should take a pragmatic approach to Russia. READ MORE

Preliminary assessments of Putin’s visit to Budapest

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

While most outlets warn the people of Budapest about the roads to be temporarily closed for security reasons along the route of the visiting Russian president, a liberal analyst believes the Hungarian-Russian summit is just meant to demonstrate Russia’s good relations with an EU member country. READ MORE

‘Treason’ charge returned in kind

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

The left-wing daily rejects accusations of high treason by pro-government outlets towards opposition politicians who complain about the government’s policies in the European Union. The author retorts that they themselves are the real traitors. READ MORE

Dispute over Paks and carbon neutrality

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

A left-wing commentator dismisses the government’s argument that nuclear power helps Hungary reduce carbon dioxide emissions. A pro-government columnist finds such criticism ideologically motivated, short-sighted and irrational. READ MORE

Rising electricity prices may make Paks 2 profitable

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

A business analyst who has been sceptical until now of the government’s maths on the financial viability of the new nuclear blocks to be built at Paks, now believes that the project might become profitable as a result of the unexpected but steady rise in international electricity prices. Construction is due to begin this year. READ MORE

Hungary repays first Paks loan installment

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

A left-wing columnist lambasts the government after it was announced that the first Paks loan drawdown has been repaid. A liberal pundit, on the other hand, claims that the government’s decision is reasonable, and that the Russian loan may at some point become a favorable option for Hungary again. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s visit to Vienna

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Pro-government commentators argue that Hungary has won a valuable ally in the new Austrian government in its feud with Brussels, while an alt-left blogger thinks the Prime Minister will leave Hungarian guest-workers in the lurch as Austria plans to cut their family allowances. READ MORE