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GDP growth has peaked

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

A left-wing analyst thinks that the Hungarian economy will underperform official expectations. A pro-government economist finds it unfair for the EU to criticize Hungary despite fast its economic growth. READ MORE

Poland’s new PM in Budapest

Friday, January 5th, 2018

A pro-government commentator sees Mr Morawiecki’s choice of Budapest for his first bilateral visit abroad as a sign of the strong alliance between the two governments in facing infringement procedures launched by Brussels. READ MORE

British Ambassador’s praise of V4

Monday, December 4th, 2017

A liberal columnist accuses the British ambassador to Budapest of ‘flattering’ PM Orbán and ‘echoing his populist slogans’. She suggests that Britain needs the V-4 countries in its standoff with Brussels over Brexit, but would not protect Hungary and Poland if EU leaders wanted to strip them of their voting rights. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s assessment of the EU summit

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Commentators across the political spectrum speculate on the future of the European Union, the Visegrád cooperation process, and other consequences of the Friday EU summit. They all agree that Hungary will have to make a tough choice if the EU is transformed into a two-speed union. READ MORE

Left-wing commentator praises Polish anti-government demonstrators

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A veteran Népszabadság columnist identifies what he calls a spate of ‘anti-EU rhetoric’ across the region, targeting Brussels, and though he admits that this is on the rise, he suggests that it will not prove strong enough to stall the integration project. READ MORE

Szydlo’s talks in Budapest

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

A new kind of partnership has emerged in which the countries of the Visegrád Four (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) have a chance to bolster their voice in a divided Europe, proclaims Magyar Idők, while Népszabadság suspects Poland has something much bigger in mind. READ MORE

Germany ‘trying to impose its policies’ on East-Central Europe

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Those who are terrified of the prospect of a United States of Europe should realise that this entity has already come to life: it is governed from Berlin and its leader is called Angela Merkel, a pro-government analyst warns. READ MORE

EU tries to rein in Poland

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

A pro-government analyst characterises the steps taken to condemn the new Polish government as carbon copies of a series of earlier hearings and infringement procedures launched in Hungary’s case after the right-wing electoral victory in 2010. READ MORE

The Hungarian left to be crushed by the “Warsaw Express”?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

A libertarian commentator thinks that Hungary’s left wing parties are doomed to insignificance, because they are unable to represent an alternative to the conservative and radical right wing. Just as Poland has followed the Hungarian example by voting the nationalist-conservative PiS party into government, Hungary’s Socialists will follow in the footsteps of their Polish kin, who have just been eliminated from parliament, László Seres predicts. READ MORE

The lessons of the Polish elections for Hungary

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Analysts right across the political spectrum study the Polish Parliamentary elections in search of lessons for Hungarian politics and ponder the prospects of Central European regional cooperation. READ MORE