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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

Right-wing lessons of the Polish Presidential elections

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Commenting on the first round of the Polish Presidential election, a conservative commentator draws a parallel between the situation of the centre-right governments of Poland and Hungary. Another columnist fears that the rise of the populist Law and Justice party may hamper V4 regional cooperation. READ MORE

Orbán’s foreign policy doctrine in focus

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Commenting on the government’s foreign affairs strategy, most left-wing and liberal commentators accuse PM Orbán of selling out to Moscow. Right-wing pundits, on the other hand, defend what they see as the government’s pragmatic and balanced foreign affairs vision. Some moderate analysts castigate mindless exaggerations and ideologically motivated approaches on both sides. READ MORE

Prime Minister Orbán in Warsaw

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

After PM’s Orbán visit to Warsaw and his uneasy talks with the Polish Prime Minister over Russia and Ukraine, a conservative columnist accuses Poland of subservience to Washington. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, believes that Mr Orbán has lost all credibility in Poland. READ MORE

Prospects of Central European regional partnership

Friday, July 4th, 2014

As Hungary passes the rotating presidency of the Visegrád 4 cooperation scheme to Slovakia, a conservative columnist finds it disappointing that the V4 group has mostly failed to create a close Central European regional partnership. Another right-wing pundit and his left-wing counterpart, however, believe that the Orbán government is doing its best to improve its ties with neighbouring states, although it does not always succeed. READ MORE

Viktor Orbán’s call for autonomy criticized by Poland

Monday, May 19th, 2014

A pro-government columnist says Ukraine is not simply a victim of Russian aggression but a battleground between the US and Russia, and Kiev can only keep eastern Ukraine if it agrees to grant autonomy to local ethnic Russian residents. An opposition daily thinks Hungary has a responsibility towards beyond-border Hungarians but Orbán’s call for autonomy and dual citizenship for Hungarians in Transcarpathia was likely to create tensions in Ukraine and was therefore a cynical move. Another opposition columnist asks what consequences the Ukraine crisis and Orbán’s statement may have for the autonomy plans of Hungarian-speaking Szeklers in Romania. READ MORE

Mid-term evaluations of the Fidesz government

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Centrist analysts call the economic performance of the government disheartening, while right-wing commentators draw attention to a recent opinion poll according to which voters are still more satisfied with the present government than with the two previous ones.


Can Polish-Hungarian friendship be non-divisive?

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Looking back at the controversial March 15 celebrations in Budapest, a conservative Polish commentator finds it sad that there are no more non-political national holidays, at least not in Hungary. And the contagion has reached Poland as well. READ MORE