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Opposition candidates excel in repeat local elections

Friday, November 15th, 2019

A left-wing and a pro-government columnist ponder the implications of the victory of an opposition candidate who once quoted Adolf Hitler and Ferenc Szálasi (leader of the Fascist Hungarian Arrow Cross Party, executed in 1946) in the repeat election in the city of Jászberény. READ MORE

Tenth anniversary of the Anti-Roma killing spree

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Ten years after a series of murderous attacks on Roma families by extreme right-wingers, an alt-left and a conservative analyst draw opposing conclusions. Both believe, nonetheless, that the plight of the Roma is a central issue in Hungary today.

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Government and Opposition trade accusations of anti-Semitism

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Left-wing and liberal commentators claim that the government’s philosemitic and pro-Israel messages are just window-dressing. A pro-government columnist finds it outrageous that the Left is willing to cooperate with the Jobbik party. A centrist pundit thinks that it is good news that all mainstream parties try to disavow anti-Semitism. READ MORE

Left accused of whitewashing Jobbik’s racism

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

A pro-government commentator claims that Jobbik has remained an anti-Semitic party, and finds it nauseating that the Left is willing to cooperate with the party, nonetheless. READ MORE

PM Orbán faces critics in the EP

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Hours before the Hungarian Prime Minister was scheduled to confront MEPs in Strasbourg who support the Sargentini report, commentators expressed sharply contrasting views on the matter. READ MORE

Dispute over Charlottesville violence

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Right-wing, libertarian and left-wing commentators interpret the Charlottesville events in the light of Hungarian politics. READ MORE

The Roma and the quota referendum

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

A Roma rights activist accuses the government of trying to blackmail Roma to vote at the quota referendum, whilst using anti-Romani stereotypes to mobilize non-Roma. A regional Gypsy leader, on the other hand argues that the arrival of masses of migrants would represent a threat to Roma communities. READ MORE

Bayer’s Knights’ Cross still a cover story

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

The leading left-wing daily devotes most of its front cover and page 3 to the case of the pugnacious pro-government columnist who received a high government award. The number of earlier recipients who have now returned their awards has now reached one hundred. A centrist author thinks Bayer’s apology has been unfairly ignored. READ MORE

Zsolt Bayer awarded the Knight’s Cross

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The leading left-wing daily accuses the government of institutionalizing racist language by rewarding the controversial journalist Zsolt Bayer with one of Hungary’s highest state orders. A conservative columnist, on the other hand, ridicules a protest by a growing number of former nominees who have returned their awards. READ MORE

A conservative take on Jobbik’s moderate stance

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Commenting on the re-election of Gábor Vona as party leader, a Hungarian-American investor in the leading pro-government daily dismisses Jobbik’s shift to the centre as ‘a mere stunt’ intended to deceive moderate voters.
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