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The political landscape after the referendum

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Commentators across the political spectrum ponder the implications of the 2 October quota referendum for the main parties and their mobilization strategies. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s plan to amend the Constitution

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Commentators on the Right and Left disagree on whether or not the Prime Minister’s plan to amend Hungary’s Fundamental Law in order to rule out mandatory EU migrant redistribution reflects the will of the people. READ MORE

First reactions to the quota referendum

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Commenting on the quota referendum results, left-leaning media as well as one conservative daily conclude that the referendum is a defeat for PM Orbán. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, thinks that Fidesz has never mobilized so many voters as in the EU quota referendum. READ MORE

Last arguments before the referendum 

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

On the eve of the referendum on compulsory European migrant quotas, columnists made a last effort to convince the public about the best course to follow. READ MORE

Pros and cons two days before the referendum

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Commentators don’t even agree on whether the question to be put to the population at Sunday’s quota referendum makes sense or not, or what it is actually about. READ MORE

PM Orbán challenged by Vona

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

A left-wing analyst believes Jobbik leader Gábor Vona represents a challenge to the left-wing opposition rather than to the Prime Minister. 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

The EU Summit in Bratislava

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Commentators disagree on Prime Minister Orbán’s diagnosis that after last Friday’s meeting in the Slovak capital, the EU’s position on illegal immigration remained basically unaltered, as leaders spoke much more about migrant resettlement than about the protection of Europe’s borders. READ MORE

Polls suggest referendum will be valid

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Although polls consistently show that a majority of voters plan to take part, a commentator who is critical of the government still sees a slight chance that the 2 October referendum on migrant quotas might yet be invalid. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s speech at Kötcse on 9/11

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Commentators agree that our lives will never be the same as they were before 2001, but disagree on PM Orbán’s speech on the anniversary. READ MORE