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Moral panic seen as a political weapon

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Two liberal scholars accuse the government of fomenting moral panic and using the Roma to create a sense of fear in Hungary. A conservative commentator rejects the allegation and accuses the opposition for using the Roma as a political weapon. READ MORE

A left-wing take on the US turmoil

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

A left-wing sociologist believes the most forsaken elements of Hungarian society would have ample reason to revolt, just like disempowered blacks in the US – and the day may come when they will. READ MORE

GOVT plans to send guards to 500 schools

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

A pro-government pundit welcomes the government’s plan to set up a school guard service to protect teachers and students from violence. A radical left-wing commentator thinks the plan misses the causes of school violence. READ MORE

Radical right-wing demonstration in Budapest

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

As the radical right-wing Our Homeland Movement calls a rally to protest against what they define as ‘Gypsy crime’, a pro-government and an alt-left commentator offer diametrically opposed views on the causes of racial segregation.

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Curia upholds compensation for segregated Roma

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Pro-government commentators scorn the Curia (the Hungarian Supreme Court) for upholding the cash compensation for the mostly Roma children who were taught in separate classrooms in the municipality of Gyöngyöspata in northern Hungary. A left-wing philosopher welcomes the decision which he interprets as a victory in the battle against racism. READ MORE

Debate over compensation for inmates and Roma rolls on

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Weeklies and weekend editions of dailies right across the political spectrum discuss the implications of the government’s plans to suspend payment of compensation for  inmates who have won court cases for overcrowding and Roma children taught in segregated classrooms. Each side accuses the other of inciting hatred and threatening the constitutional order. READ MORE

Weeklies on the Roma school segregation verdict

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Left-liberal weeklies are outraged by the Prime Minister’s opinion that ‘something should be done’ about the court sentence which compels the Gyöngyöspata Council to pay compensation to Roma families whose children were segregated at school from 2004 to 2012. Conservative authors suggest that the verdict is doing more harm than good. READ MORE

Diametrically opposed takes on Roma school segregation ruling

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Liberal and left-wing commentators accuse Prime Minister Orbán of racism for publicly criticizing a court ruling granting compensation to Roma families whose children were enrolled in separate classes to non-Roma children. Pro-government columnists agree with the Prime Minister and find the ruling outrageous. READ MORE

Dispute over public education

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

A left-wing columnist criticizes the government’s amendments to the public education act. A conservative pundit contends that bureaucratic efforts to integrate disadvantaged children are doomed to fail. READ MORE

Police bans extreme rightwing paramilitary demonstration

Monday, May 20th, 2019

A liberal human rights activist welcomes the police’s decision not to allow a march by two extreme-right paramilitary groups in protest against what they call ‘Gypsy terror’. READ MORE