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City of Budapest faces bankruptcy

Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

As Budapest announces austerity measures, opinions diverge on whom to blame for the financial troubles of the capital. READ MORE

Further analyses of the opposition breakthrough

Monday, November 4th, 2019

After losing ten consecutive local and national elections by a landslide majority, the opposition won mayoral posts in 11 out of 23 major cities throughout Hungary on 13 October. The surprise development still gives commentators ample food for thought. READ MORE

Weeklies on the coming municipal elections

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

With just three weeks till the municipal elections, commentators in the weeklies and the weekend editions of the dailies ponder the chances of the opposition to defeat Fidesz candidates in Budapest and major provincial cities. READ MORE

Opposition Budapest mayoral campaign kicks off

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

A left-wing pundit expresses concern that in the event of an opposition victory in the Budapest mayoral election, the government will punish the capital by not giving it enough money. A pro-government columnist thinks that Gergely Karácsony lacks the necessary expertise and vision to lead Budapest. READ MORE

Government side accused of destroying green urban areas

Friday, August 30th, 2019

A left-wing columnist accuses the Mayor of Budapest and the government of ignoring people’s elementary need for a green urban environment. READ MORE

DK launches Mayoral candidate

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Left wing analysts suggest that former TV host Olga Kálmán stands a real chance of defeating Gergely Karácsony, until now the only left-wing candidate in the opposition primary later this month. A right-wing commentator finds it inconsistent of the Democratic Coalition to propose her candidacy at the last moment, just before the vote. READ MORE

Demszky dismisses OLAF report

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

In a lengthy article in the main pro-government daily Budapest Mayor István Tarlós does not accuse his liberal predecessor of corruption, but  finds his attempt to discredit the EU report on the Metro 4 project pathetic. READ MORE

Budapest projects in limbo

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The leading left-wing daily contends that the government wants to punish the left- and liberal leaning capital city by redirecting structural development funds to its core constituencies in the countryside. The main pro-government daily is convinced that infrastructural projects will not grind to a halt in Budapest. READ MORE

Dispute over the Sirály cultural club

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

A left-wing daily accuses the Mayor of Budapest of closing down a cultural club in order to silence anti-government protesters. A pro-government commentator believes that the Jewish cultural organization running the Sirály cultural club without paying rent used its resources to orchestrate anti-government protest. READ MORE

Rogán vs Tarlós: a sign that the PM is weakening?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

A left wing columnist speculates that the conflict between Budapest Mayor István Tarlós and one of Fidesz’s young shots, Antal Rogán, Mayor of the capital’s 5th district might be a sign that PM Viktor Orbán’s position is weakening. READ MORE