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Voter registration abandoned but the culture war heats up

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Pro-government columnists suggest that the government has backed down elegantly, disproving the charges of arrogance and authoritarianism often levelled against it, while according to centrist and left-leaning analysts, the government tested the water of public feeling and realized it had too much to lose on the registration issue. READ MORE

Fidesz finds it wiser to drop voter registration

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

A centrist analyst explains how the government had to find a balance between political gains and losses after the decision of the Constitutional Court. READ MORE

Voter registration annulled on formal grounds by Constitutional Court

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Analysts ponder the message and the wider implications of a first decision by the Constitutional Court to strike down mandatory voter registration. READ MORE

Further amendments to the Electoral Law

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Liberal and left-wing commentators contend that Fidesz wants to entrench itself in power by adding new elements to the Electoral Law. Even some conservative columnists find the bill controversial. READ MORE

Socialist leader cries fascism

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

A pro-government columnist vehemently criticizes MSZP leader Mesterházy for labeling the Hungarian government fascist, in a left-wing Italian daily. A left-wing commentator notes that conservative dailies have also warned of undemocratic tendencies in Hungary. READ MORE

A lesson to learn from America

Friday, November 9th, 2012

An independent-minded conservative columnist envies America, where the election of a President is a great day – and not just for the winner. He cautions against the planned further electoral reforms in Hungary, due to his concern that they would only produce anger and resentment. READ MORE

Mandatory voter registration under scrutiny

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Centrist and left-wing analysts agree that the new system was devised to help Fidesz at the 2014 elections, but may backfire by uniting the opposition and turning away disillusioned Fidesz-voters. READ MORE

Clash over preliminary voter registration

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A leading LMP official thinks that at the end of the day there will be no compulsory voter registration in Hungary, while a moderate conservative commentator argues that the law will pass and will not do any harm to free elections. READ MORE