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Weeklies on Hungary’s position in the world – as reflected in the 20 August festivities

Monday, August 28th, 2023

Opposition-leaning columnists vituperate against the government for only inviting a collection of  ‘undemocratic’ leaders to celebrate Saint Stephen’s day and watch the World Athletics Championship underway all week in Budapest. Pro-government weeklies regard both the national day and the World Athletics Championship as resounding successes for the country. READ MORE

A dozen foreign leaders visit Hungary on August 20

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023

As Hungary celebrated St Stephen’s day on Sunday, commentators express opposing views on the presence of a high number of foreign luminaries (but not a single incumbent leader from EU countries). READ MORE

Top weather service officials fired for getting forecast wrong

Thursday, August 25th, 2022

An opposition-leaning commentator is outraged by the decision to dismiss two leading meteorologists after the traditional St. Stephen’s day fireworks display was cancelled because of a storm warning which didn’t materialize. READ MORE

First St Stephen’s day without fireworks

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022

As the traditional 20 August festivities were held without the usual fireworks for the first time in 66 years (because of the danger of a storm, mistakenly forecast for that night), columnists depict diametrically opposing images of today’s Hungary. READ MORE

St. Stephen’s Day diagnoses

Saturday, August 20th, 2022

A conservative pundit critical of the government claims that the government has weakened democracy, which amounts to abandoning St. Stephen’s vision. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, accuses the opposition of trying to rob Hungary of its Christian and national character, the cornerstones of St. Stephen’s legacy. READ MORE

Conflicting takes on the St Stephen’s day celebrations

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Opposition-leaning commentators believe the parade held on the national holiday was tasteless, while a pro-government analyst thinks that August 20 should be a rare occasion to express national unity. READ MORE

Hungary prepares for St Stephen’s Day

Thursday, August 20th, 2020
A pro-government columnist writes that Hungary has defended Europe and Christianity ever since its foundation by St Stephen. His left-wing counterpart suggests that Hungarians do not buy into the religious interpretation of the holiday.


St. Stephen’s heritage

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
The leading pro-government daily attribute’s Hungary’s survival to Christianity, and calls on the country to maintain its heritage as Western Europe becomes less and less religious.


Saint Stephen’s myth revised

Monday, August 20th, 2018

A pro-government political scientist challenges the established view that the founder of the Hungarian state opted for the West when he pledged allegiance to the Pope and  enforced Christianity in his nascent state. READ MORE