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SZDSZ – Alliance of Free Democrats – a late obituary

Monday, November 12th, 2018

On the 30th anniversary of the foundation of Hungary’s first post-communist liberal party, a former member-turned-critic thinks the organisation played a positive role in creating democracy on the ruins of Communism. READ MORE

Socialist and liberal politicians accused of corruption

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

The EU anti-fraud agency has published its report on the M4 Budapest metro. The report names Socialist-Liberal politicians and multinational companies as potential participants in Hungary’s largest corruption case. READ MORE

Fodor Number 4 on the opposition list

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

In the very first press reaction to the new opposition electoral pact, a liberal commentator finds it hair-raising that former SZDSZ chairman Gábor Fodor should have been given the fourth place on the joint ballot. READ MORE

SZDSZ died leaving debt

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

A leading pro-government commentator condemns liberal opinion leaders for claiming a political role after having ruined both their own party, and the MSZP. READ MORE

A new Socialist-liberal coalition in the making

Friday, April 12th, 2013

A pro-government daily predicts that parties on the left will form some kind of coalition, despite the bitter jockeying for position between them, but whatever shape this coalition takes, it will suffer from the lack of credibility that still haunts the MSZP after its previous terms in government, in alliance with Liberals. READ MORE

New liberal party meets friendly fire

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Left-wing commentators deplore the decision of former SZDSZ President Gábor Fodor to found a new liberal party – in addition to a series of post-SZDSZ groupings. READ MORE

Opposition divided over united demonstration on October 23rd

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

A left-wing commentator argues that the October 23rd demonstration is too important to be boycotted by any anti-Fidesz group or voter. A pro-government analyst concludes that this demonstration is the work of bickering intellectual groups who cannot prove to voters their ability to govern the country. READ MORE

Debate over anti-Communist heritage

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

A pro-government commentator marks the foundation of the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) 25 years ago, and suggests that throughout that period the centre-right parties have been united by their common anti-Communist stance. A liberal pundit, on the other hand, claims that the liberals were the first to openly criticise Communists and demand democracy. READ MORE

Is there a Hungarian bias behind Hungary’s bad image in the West?

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

A young independent commentator believes that those Western reporters who accuse the Hungarian government of trying to dismantle democracy base their opinions on the narratives of left-wing liberal intellectuals. READ MORE

LMP floor-leader resigns

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Political commentators agree that the resignation of LMP floor-leader András Schiffer signals the beginning of a new era, not only for his party but for the whole Hungarian political scene. READ MORE