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Scandals on the sidelines of the student movement

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Népszabadság understands why the police are concerned about what form spontaneous protests may take. In the same issue it condemns a far-right dominated student body for keeping files on students. READ MORE

Will student protests regain momentum?

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Commentators wonder if after their surprising success late last year, students protesting new austerity measures will be strong enough to keep the government at bay during the spring. READ MORE

Divisions among protesters over agreements with the government

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Commenting on the preliminary agreements between the Ministry of Human Resources and protesting teachers’ trade unions and student organisations, Népszabadság believes the government has managed to divide the protest movements which forced it to retreat before the Christmas holidays. READ MORE

A bad week for the Forint and the government

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Commentators agree that the weakening of the Hungarian currency (HUF) was due to a statement by the Minister of the Economy. One cautions the PM against nominating him for the presidency of the National Bank. Other analysts think recent events have dealt several blows to the authority of the governing élite. READ MORE

The lull in the tuition battle is nearing its end

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

In an unusually bitter column, a pro-government columnist urges the government to reconsider its higher education reforms in order to give the children of poor families access to free tuition. READ MORE

Two weeks of student unrest: a political turning point?

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Left-wing analysts suggest that the student demonstrations of the last two weeks have signalled the beginning of the end for the governing right wing. A conservative pundit suspects that left wing forces are trying to manipulate the student movement. READ MORE

Student unrest continues despite concessions by the government

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Népszabadság believes the tuition issue will leave a lasting stain of shame on the image of the Prime Minister. Magyar Nemzet suggests that continuing demonstrations after the substantial concessions made by the government may backfire on the organisers. READ MORE

Government concessions on tuition seen as playing for the gallery

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

An independent columnist believes the higher education reform has been improvised and ill-prepared, but by withdrawing it the government would just sweep the dust under the carpet. He believes politicians on both sides tend to chase cheap popularity and thereby progressively weaken Hungary’s competitiveness. READ MORE

Arts Academy, National Theatre and universities as battle grounds in the culture wars

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

A leading pro government columnist likens the current student demonstrations in Hungary to what happened in France in 1968 and warns the students that the organisers of this year’s “peace marches” (mass rallies in support of the Fidesz government) won’t hesitate to call for a third one if the need arises. READ MORE

Government to rewrite higher education reform

Monday, December 17th, 2012

In the wake of a week-long series of student protests, the main pro-government daily urges new policy priorities. READ MORE