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Erdogan in Budapest

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

After the first day of President Erdogan’s visit to Budapest, left-wing outlets complain about the absence of criticism of oppression in Turkey on the part of the government and remark that public demonstrations against the Turkish President have been feeble. READ MORE

Dispute over Hungary’s Turkic heritage

Friday, October 5th, 2018

A conservative commentator accuses the government of advancing Hungary’s Turkic ancestry out of geopolitical considerations. Another conservative historian dismisses the accusation, and welcomes the inclusion of the nomadic heritage in the Hungarian national identity. READ MORE

PM Orbán visits Turkey

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

As Prime Minister Orbán calls for more trade with Turkey and political cooperation with Ankara, writers critical of the government and its supporters disagree on how Hungary can and should relate to an illiberal but geopolitically important state. READ MORE

Reflections on the Turkish referendum

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

A pro-government columnist interprets the success of the Turkish referendum as a sign that Turkey is turning away from Europe. A left-wing commentator thinks Erdogan is doomed to fail because he has divided his country. READ MORE

Hungary’s interests in Turkey

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Commenting on Hungarian official statements on Turkey, a left-wing columnist thinks that there is little leeway for Hungary to pursue its own strategic interests in the complex geopolitical situation of the Middle East. READ MORE

The implications of Turkish-Russian rapprochement

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Commentators disagree on whether Turkish-Russian diplomatic rapprochement is to be judged as a worrisome development by Europe. READ MORE

Reactions to the failed coup in Turkey

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Commentators are convinced that after foiling the coup, President Erdogan will consolidate his rule still further. At the same time they dismiss conspiracy theories about him being the real mastermind behind the attempted takeover. READ MORE

Brussels refugee fine plan

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Two columnists point out that Hungary may have to pay stellar penalties for rejecting compulsory migrant relocation quotas, if the European Commission gets its way in the European Parliament and the European Council. READ MORE

Ruminations on the EU-Turkey migrant deal

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Two conservative commentators criticize the EU for abandoning its core principles and trusting its security to Turkey. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, hopes that the lifting of the Turkish visa requirement will strengthen democrats in Turkey without compromising the EU’s security. READ MORE

Migrant pact between the EU and Turkey

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Commentators fear that the deal struck at the European summit with Turkey will be hard to implement in practice and might provoke risky consequences. READ MORE