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Ruminating about EU sanctions

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Hungary’s leading business daily warns that the sanctions imposed on Hungary by the European Union are just the beginning of the road, and instead of complaining about being treated unfairly, Hungary had better comply with the recommendations of the European Commission. READ MORE

Hungary punished by the EU Finance Ministers

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Analysts were in no doubt that European finance ministers would approve the partial suspension of next year’s cohesion funds for Hungary. What they do not agree upon is who is at fault. READ MORE

EU sanctions can only help keep Orbán in power

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

A Marxist philosopher believes that the European Commission’s proposal to suspend 495 million Euros in development support simply reinforces PM Viktor Orbán’s power, and will only serve to help Fidesz win the next general elections. READ MORE

A leftist take on the looming EU sanctions

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Left-wing and liberal analysts blame the government for the European Commission’s threat to withhold hundreds of millions of Euros in subsidies. They suggest that both the government and the public will have to acknowledge the necessity of pro-market reforms. READ MORE

Is there life outside the EU?

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Magyar Hírlap carries a debate on whether leaving the European Union is a realistic option for Hungary, while Magyar Nemzet, which also echoes the displeasure of right-wing circles with the threat of Union sanctions against Hungary, asks if the EU can be successful without respecting national traditions. READ MORE

Is there a plan B in the wake of EU threats?

Friday, February 24th, 2012

A centrist analyst wonders how Mr Orbán’s government might act in response to the threat of  the European Commission to freeze hundreds of millions of Euros in EU subsidies. Gábor Török speculates that it would not be an unreasonable act for Fidesz to call an early election. READ MORE

EU sanctions are unfair – reactions in the right wing press

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The two main pro-government dailies fully expected that the European Commission would propose sanctions against Hungary, and argue that such a decision would be unjustified. READ MORE

EU sanctions hanging over Hungary

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

A left wing commentator believes the European Union is disproportionately severe in its threats to Hungary, but likens the behaviour of the Hungarian government to that of a naughty schoolboy.