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Calls for EU-Russia rapprochement

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Pro-government analysts, commenting on President Putin’s visit to Germany and Austria, call on the EU and European governments to cooperate with Russia rather than following US interests in isolating her. READ MORE

Hungary repays first Paks loan installment

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

A left-wing columnist lambasts the government after it was announced that the first Paks loan drawdown has been repaid. A liberal pundit, on the other hand, claims that the government’s decision is reasonable, and that the Russian loan may at some point become a favorable option for Hungary again. READ MORE

Momentum’s anti-Putin protest

Friday, September 1st, 2017

A centrist commentator thinks that increasingly hysterical anti-Russian rhetoric by left-wing and liberal parties will further alienate moderate voters. READ MORE

President Putin in Budapest

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Commenting on the Russian President’s short visit to Hungary, a left-wing columnist fears that the government wants to make Hungary part of the illiberal East. A conservative and a centrist pundit dismiss such fears, but also caution against too strong ties with Russia. READ MORE

The debate over CEU rolls on

Monday, April 10th, 2017

As a new wave of actors in the EU and the US join the dispute over CEU’s future, commentators along the political spectrum ponder the motivations of the parties involved and opinions diverge on whether the university will close down. READ MORE

A debate over ‘Putinophobia’

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

A conservative blogger accuses the Left of baseless anti-Putin fear mongering. In his response, another conservative commentator thinks that fears over Hungary’s Putinization are legitimate to a certain extent. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s Lámfalussy lecture

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

A pro-government columnist agrees with PM Orbán that after the election of Donald Trump, Hungary will have the chance to put the national interest first. A left-wing commentator doubts that Hungary is on an equal footing with the US. READ MORE

Donald Trump’s victory still on the agenda

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Hungarian weeklies ponder the implications of the US presidential election on Hungary and its broader cultural ramifications. READ MORE

Fears over Russian economic expansion dismissed

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

An economist rejects the claims of a recent CSIS report, according to which Russia has been restoring its economic and political leverage in Central and Eastern Europe. READ MORE

Diplomatic demarche against Russia TV comment on 1956

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

A conservative pundit welcomes the move by the Foreign Ministry to summon the Russian ambassador to express indignation over a Moscow TV programme in which Hungary’s 1956 Revolution was characterized as a fascist uprising sponsored by the CIA. READ MORE