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Concerns about potential EU sanctions before elections in Hungary

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

With almost one third of the population vaccinated against Covid-19, a pro-government commentator believes the government could feel optimistic about next year’s elections, were it not for a threat from within the European Commission to cut back funds earmarked for Hungary. READ MORE

Foreign Minister slams EU sanctions against China

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

A left-liberal columnist accuses the government of subservience to China, while a pro-government columnist finds a liberal MEP more sensitive towards the rights of Uighurs than those of ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine. READ MORE

EU sanctions looming over Hungary

Monday, October 1st, 2018

As the payment procedures of EU funds to Hungary grow ever lengthier and the EU mainstream ponders withholding some of them, while an Article 7 procedure takes shape, commentators are sharply divided in their interpretations of this latest standoff between Brussels and Budapest. READ MORE

European Parliament calls for the triggering of Article 7 against Hungary

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Pro-government commentators interpret the EP resolution against Hungary as a politically motivated attack by pro-migration forces. An independent and a left-wing columnist, on the other hand, agree with the authors of the text which accuses Hungary of violating basic EU norms. READ MORE

Russian FM Lavrov’s visit to Budapest

Friday, May 27th, 2016

A left-wing commentator believes Mr Lavrov came to Budapest as part of a Russian endeavour to divide the European Union and NATO, while his pro-government counterpart argues that Hungary has a vested interest in developing trade with Russia. READ MORE

EU tries to rein in Poland

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

A pro-government analyst characterises the steps taken to condemn the new Polish government as carbon copies of a series of earlier hearings and infringement procedures launched in Hungary’s case after the right-wing electoral victory in 2010. READ MORE

European citizen’s initiative against Hungary is no threat

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

A conservative legal analyst explains that the left-liberal initiative aimed at depriving Hungary of its voting rights within the European Union on account of its alleged undemocratic practices is unlikely to produce any tangible result. READ MORE

PM criticises sanctions against Russia

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Left-wing commentators accuse PM Orbán of siding with Putin in the controversy over Ukraine. A right-wing analyst suggests that Hungary has to walk a tightrope in that conflict. READ MORE

Reflections on the EU-Hungary tug of war

Friday, July 12th, 2013

A conservative commentator ponders the debate on the Tavares report in the European Parliament and believes that the Hungarian government should show more restraint in its use of the two thirds majority. READ MORE

Reactions to the Tavares report

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Left-wing pundits contend that the government is trying to downplay external criticism by labeling its adversaries as biased left-wing partisans. They also hint that as a result of the looming elections in the EU and Hungary, the debates between the country and the EU institutions will probably intensify. READ MORE