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Controversies over the Roma in Miskolc and around the Roma Holocaust

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Liberal pundits criticize both Right and Left for not confronting policies which they see as targeting the Roma who live in poverty. A Minister is criticized for his “unfortunate” statement on the Roma Holocaust. A Dutch-Hungarian psychologist calls for the publication of Hungarian crime statistics by ethnicity. READ MORE

Left accused of exploiting racism

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

A centrist author excoriates left-wing leaders for betraying their anti-racist ideals in order to win the municipal elections in Miskolc. They might be right in their drive to defeat PM Orbán, but fomenting racism is too high a price, he suggests. READ MORE

Right-wing columnist on the U-turn of the Left

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Conservative pundits see their long-held views validated by the recent U-turn of some left-wing parties on the issue of Roma and criminality. Other pro-government commentators consider that by nominating a law and order candidate for the mayor of Miskolc, the Left have proved once again to be their own worst enemy. READ MORE

Law and order candidate divides the Left

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Left-wing commentators are deeply divided about the candidacy of Albert Pásztor for the mayoral seat of Miskolc. Some condemn what they see as the arrogance of Budapest-based intellectuals for trying to meddle in the internal affairs of the city, while others deem the nomination of a law and order candidate by the Left unacceptable. READ MORE

Controversial left-wing candidate in Miskolc

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Columnists wonder whether it is acceptable and reasonable for the Left to support as a candidate for mayor of Miskolc a former police chief known for his highly controversial statements about Roma crime. READ MORE

Conflicting dogmas on Roma integration

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

A conservative columnist blames the exclusion of the Roma on what he calls “the culture of poverty” rather than on discrimination by the majority. His left-wing counterpart finds it peculiar that the Right would expect those living in deprivation and exclusion to fight prejudice. READ MORE

Roma activist supports controversial education programme

Friday, December 20th, 2013

A centre-right portal runs a commentary by a Roma activist who says that unemployed Roma lack basic skills, and should be taught to manage time, be more ambitious for their children and gain the respect of the majority. READ MORE

New Roma party has meagre chances

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

A left-wing daily believes the new Roma party will eat into the constituency of the opposition, while a Roma politician maintains in a pro-government weekly that the Roma should change themselves, to change their plight. READ MORE

Baja-gate rolls on

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

According to a conservative columnist, evidence suggests that the staged Baja video tape was commissioned by the Socialist party. Népszava accuses the pro-government media of exaggerating the issue, while Népszabadság, the leading left-wing daily, welcomes the opposition parties’ decision to distance themselves from the individuals involved in the fabrication. READ MORE

Roma vote: new video raises questions

Monday, October 21st, 2013

After a video surfaced showing Roma men exchanging money for votes in an apartment, centrist commentators question the credibility of the footage while left-liberal columnists lament the fact that the Hungarian Roma sell their votes because they see no other opportunity in politics. READ MORE