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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

Confrontation over the rule of law seen as difficult to resolve

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

A pro-government analyst fears that through the rule of law procedures, Brussels might try to force Hungarians to give up their way of life. A left-wing commentator finds it hard for either side to back down. READ MORE

Hungary and Poland block EU budget over the rule of law controversy

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

The former Hungarian EU Commissioner thinks Hungary is heading for a frontal collision with the Union. READ MORE

Poland and Hungary might veto the EU budget

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

A left-wing pundit hopes that, although Hungary and Poland may block it, the EU will pass the strict law conditionality agreement tabled last week. A pro-government commentator suggests that the proposal mirrors George Soros’s ideas and is intended to punish Hungary for not letting in illegal migrants. READ MORE

EPP leader Tusk calls Hungary a ’degenerate democracy’

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

A pro-government commentator suggests that Donald Tusk and liberals in the EU criticize Hungary and accuse its government of violating basic EU norms, simply in order to divert attention from the EU’s failure to cope with the coronavirus. READ MORE

Dispute over the meaning of the ‘rule of law’

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

A conservative commentator suggests that the ‘rule of law’ is an empty concept used as a blunt weapon by liberals. A former Socialist Minister of Justice defends the concept, and accuses the government of trying to pre-empt EU criticism. READ MORE

Weeklies on rule-of-law criticism by the European Commission

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Opposition-leaning commentators believe the European Union is still too weak to enforce its rule of law criteria, while pro-government columnists dismiss criticism from Brussels as both discriminatory and biased. READ MORE