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Orbán’s foreign policy doctrine in focus

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Commenting on the government’s foreign affairs strategy, most left-wing and liberal commentators accuse PM Orbán of selling out to Moscow. Right-wing pundits, on the other hand, defend what they see as the government’s pragmatic and balanced foreign affairs vision. Some moderate analysts castigate mindless exaggerations and ideologically motivated approaches on both sides. READ MORE

Prime Minister Orbán in Warsaw

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

After PM’s Orbán visit to Warsaw and his uneasy talks with the Polish Prime Minister over Russia and Ukraine, a conservative columnist accuses Poland of subservience to Washington. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, believes that Mr Orbán has lost all credibility in Poland. READ MORE

First reactions to Putin’s visit

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Left-wing and liberal columnists accuse PM Orbán of assisting Russian President Putin in his geopolitical tricks. A pro-government pundit contends that Hungary, like Europe, needs to maintain good relations with Russia for pragmatic reasons. READ MORE

Light optimism and deep scepticism after the Minsk talks

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Commentators wonder if the agreement reached by Europe, Russia and Ukraine in Minsk can be implemented and if it can prevent the escalation of the Ukraine crisis. READ MORE

Prospects of reconciliation in Ukraine

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Commentators on both Left and Right fear that unless Europe convinces the US not to send arms to Ukraine, the crisis may soon escalate into a full-blown war or an increasingly bloody civil war. READ MORE

New US ambassador arrives in Budapest

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Commentators on both the Right and Left believe that US-Hungarian diplomatic relations are unlikely to improve significantly once the new US Ambassador Colleen Bell takes up her duties in Budapest. READ MORE

Hungary’s foreign policy in focus

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

A liberal columnist contends that the US is pressurizing Hungary in order to protect its own geopolitical interests. Centrist and liberal conservative commentators warn of the consequences of diplomatic isolation and call for reconciliation with the US and the EU. A liberal weekly speculates that PM Orbán is already on his way out of the EU and NATO. READ MORE

Ruminations on the Ukrainian Parliamentary election

Friday, October 31st, 2014

A conservative columnist commenting on the Ukrainian Parliamentary election predicts that the euphoria will soon recede and the new democratically elected government will have to do its best in order to normalize the country and strengthen democratic stability. READ MORE

NATO force deployment in Eastern Europe

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Following NATO’s decision to set up rapid response force bases in Eastern Europe, left-wing commentators believe that the Orbán government will have to join the West and stand up to Russia. READ MORE

Fears of Ukraine escalation

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

A Marxist philosopher believes that President Putin’s suggestion to federalize Ukraine could help solve the crisis, but it is unlikely that it will be accepted by Western powers. A right-wing columnist accuses the US of trying to plunder Russia. A conservative commentator calls for increased military spending. READ MORE