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Ban on living on the streets comes into force

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

As the ban on habitual residence in public spaces comes into effect, left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of criminalizing homelessness. Pro-government pundits, on the other hand, contend that the government wants to help people in need, and accuse the Left of politically motivated and irresponsible behaviour. READ MORE

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

Mayday ruminations on the poor

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

A left-wing commentator calls on NGOs to enlighten impoverished Fidesz voters about their real interests, and explain to them how the government is acting against them. A conservative columnist, on the other hand, calls the government’s workfare program a huge success. READ MORE

Seeking ways for Roma integration 

Monday, August 28th, 2017

A conservative columnist and two Roma rights activists agree that Roma intellectuals have a crucial role to play in the integration of Roma. They also think that some left-wing liberal integration strategies have been less than productive. READ MORE

Government to reform primary education

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

A conservative Roma rights activist welcomes the government’s proposal to introduce a mandatory pre-school year to help the integration of children from poor families. READ MORE

Housing subsidy scheme kicks off

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Two conservative economists welcome the government’s plan to reverse unfavourable demographic trends through a lavish home subsidy scheme. A left-wing analyst thinks that the government’s proposal will be available only for middle class families and will thus entrench inequality. READ MORE

Details of large scale home subsidy plan announced

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

A left-wing commentator fears that the government’s plan to offer a subsidy of 10 million forints for young families will entrench poverty. His conservative counterpart calls such fears outright ridiculous. READ MORE

Welfare in focus on Labour Day

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Commentators on both Left and Right make fun of promises of increases in welfare payments by left-wing and far-right parties. READ MORE

The growing economic importance of the Roma

Friday, February 20th, 2015

A conservative Roma pundit predicts that Hungary’s Roma will soon become a key economic force. He believes that targeting Roma consumers may open up new lucrative business opportunities in several sectors. READ MORE

The poverty blame-game

Monday, December 8th, 2014

A left-wing columnist quotes a hoax message which is spreading across the internet to accuse the government of ignoring growing poverty. His pro-government counterpart, on the other hand, believes that the Left is trying to give the false impression that poverty appeared under only the current government. READ MORE