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PM predicts conflicts in the EU

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

A liberal foreign policy expert agrees with the Prime Minister in expecting the government to come under intense international pressure this year. READ MORE

Obama compares Hungary to the Philippines

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

A pro-government commentator and a centrist observer both reject former US President Barack Obama’s view that Hungary is on the wrong side of a contest between good and bad leadership. READ MORE

Row over law of conditionality EU deal rumbles on

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Commentators on Left and Right ponder the broader implications of the EU’s rule of law conditionality. Most importantly, they try to gauge how and when it could be used against Hungary. READ MORE

Compromise over EU rule of law conditionality in sight

Friday, December 11th, 2020

Commentators across the political spectrum think that the new rule of law conditionality scheme proposed by Germany is a victory for Prime Minister Orbán and the government. READ MORE

Hungary and Poland refuse to back down

Monday, December 7th, 2020

A liberal analyst thinks that Prime Minister Orbán miscalculated his chances of success when he opted for a head-on collision with the most influential European governments over plans to make EU financial transfers conditional on respect for the rule of law. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, believes that Hungary must defend herself against arbitrary rule by Union bureaucrats. READ MORE

Rule of law conditionality: a Polish (and Hungarian) take

Friday, December 4th, 2020

In the main pro-government daily, a leading Polish right-wing journalist condemns attempts to empower the European Commission to punish member countries accused of breaching rule of law principles. READ MORE

Hungary and Poland defiant over rule of law criteria

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

A pro-government and a liberal commentator both find it unlikely that the EU can broker a deal with Hungary and Poland on rule of law conditionality. They also agree that the debate will determine the future of the EU. READ MORE

Hungary takes out 2.5 billion EUR loan

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

An independent financial analyst agrees with the Prime Minister that Hungary can secure cheap loans and finance the country even without the EU reconstruction fund, which for the moment has been blocked by Hungary and Poland. READ MORE

EU measures seen as reminiscent of the Soviet Union

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Pro-government columnists agree with Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch, that the EU’s attempts to make financial disbursements conditional on resect for the ‘rule of law’ resemble Soviet attitudes. A left-wing commentator predicts that PM Orbán will have to retreat in order to get access to vital EU funding. READ MORE

Liberal author thinks Hungary should be evicted from the EU

Friday, November 20th, 2020

A leading liberal pundit describes the Hungarian government as being an enemy of the European Union and finds it unfortunate that it cannot be expelled from the community. READ MORE