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Weeklies on the government’s referendum

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Left-wing weeklies sharply dismiss the government initiative to hold a referendum on the sexual education of children as a pointless act of propaganda. A right-wing commentator only agrees with them on one point – namely that the plan should be read in the context of mutual efforts to mobilise supporters ahead of next year’s parliamentary election. READ MORE

Government’s referendum initiative to support its ’child protection law’

Friday, July 30th, 2021

A pro-government commentator argues that the referendum and the law it serves to support are intended to defend children from aggressive LGBTQ propaganda. An opposition-leaning author dismisses the initiative as a ploy to mobilise Fidesz supporters. READ MORE

PM Orbán calls referendum

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

A pro-government commentator welcomes the Prime Minister’s decision to call a referendum on the controversial child abuse legislation. A liberal columnist interprets the referendum as an act of ‘political paedophilia’. READ MORE

Hungarian repercussions of the Catalonia referendum

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

A pro-government and an independent conservative pundit ponder the broader implications of the Catalonian referendum, including its impact on transborder Hungarian minorities. Both quote the title of George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’ in their headlines. READ MORE

Parliament amends anti-corruption law

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

A pro-government commentator believes that the new anti-corruption legislation will make it harder for the opposition to accuse the government of corruption. A left-wing commentator suggests that the stricter regulations are unlikely to reduce corruption. READ MORE

Referendum to cap salaries of state-owned company CEOs

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

A left-wing blogger welcomes the proposed referendum on capping the salaries of state-owned company CEOs. A pro-government commentator likens the plan to elements of communist ideology. READ MORE

Tripartite call for federal Europe

Monday, March 6th, 2017
A pro-government pundit characterises a new call for a federal Europe as a desperate reaction to Brexit, which runs against the dominant trend in European politics.

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A liberal view of Budapest’s failed Olympic bid

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Magyar Narancs celebrates the withdrawal of Budapest’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games as a third victory over Viktor Orbán and his government within a year.

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Further ruminations on the withdrawn Olympic bid

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Two conservative columnists regret that there will be no referendum on the Olympic application. A third conservative pundit thinks that the bid fell prey to party politics. READ MORE

Can Momentum keep up the momentum?

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Most commentators believe that the governing forces will withdraw Budapest’s Olympic bid, after a new political movement collected almost twice as many signatures as necessary to back a referendum on the subject. They also ponder whether Momentum, after this spectacular success, will become a significant opposition force. READ MORE