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A liberal view on citizenship

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

A liberal pundit ponders the implications of Gérard Depardieu’s newly acquired Russian citizenship and criticises the government’s intention to keep graduates in Hungary if they enjoy free university tuition. 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

Government accused of nurturing sacred cows

Friday, December 28th, 2012

A conservative liberal blogger looking back on the past year contends that despite efforts aimed at a wholesale reform, the government has failed to discontinue some unfortunate practices. READ MORE

Government advised to slow down

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

A conservative columnist again cautions the government against acting without consulting the wider public. He believes that cooperation and negotiation would make public policy more efficient and the governing party more popular.


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

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

Reactions to student protests

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Columnists across the political spectrum deem the higher education reform announced last week improvised and drastic and believe that it will undermine the government’s credibility. READ MORE

The government’s chances in the tuition battle

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

A centrist analyst asks if the government can avoid paying a heavy political price for its higher education reform and the communication strategy which surrounds it. READ MORE

New conflicts around tuition fees

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

A pro-government daily examines the arguments for and against the cutback on state funded higher education and fears that “shaken trust” may only be restored in the long run. READ MORE