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Former liberal leader fears Hungary’s isolation

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

In a long article, Viktor Orbán’s erstwhile friend, co-founder of Fidesz and then opponent as a liberal leader calls on the Prime Minister to sit down for talks with President Zelensky of Ukraine and negotiate with EC President Ursula von der Leyen. READ MORE

Left-wing reactions to Ukraine military aid stalled by Hungary

Saturday, May 20th, 2023

Authors in the nationwide left-wing daily slam the government’s decision to veto a new round of sanctions on Russia and a tranche of military aid to Ukraine in protest against unfriendly Ukrainian moves. READ MORE

Chief of Staff’s gaffe about WW II

Saturday, May 13th, 2023

A critic of the government concedes that the new Chief of Staff of the armed forces is a competent soldier but finds his recent remark on how the Second World War began unacceptable. READ MORE

US Ambassador criticises Hungary’s position on Ukraine

Friday, April 28th, 2023

A pro-government columnist sharply rejects the Ambassador’s remarks on the plight of ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine. READ MORE

Pope to visit Hungary over the weekend

Wednesday, April 26th, 2023

A pro-government commentator sees the papal visit as a gesture of support for the Hungarian government’s policies. A liberal author, on the other hand, fears that the event will not in itself ease Hungary’s isolation within Europe. READ MORE

Weeklies on US – Hungary relations

Monday, April 24th, 2023

Opposition-leaning authors vituperate against the government, which they see as an outlier in both NATO and the European Union. Pro-government commentators praise Hungary’s leaders for defending the country’s sovereignty. READ MORE

Commentators approve the ban on Ukrainian grain imports

Friday, April 21st, 2023

Pro-government columnists lambast the European Union for failing to direct Ukrainian grain shipments to third countries in need, while a left-wing commentator thinks the import ban has come too late. (For the temporary ban announced by the Hungarian government, see BudaPost, April 20.) READ MORE

Ban on Ukrainian grain imports brings Hungary and Poland closer

Thursday, April 20th, 2023

A pro-government columnist rejoices at the sight of Poland and Hungary agreeing on one key issue after the de facto breakup of their traditional friendship because of their diverging attitudes over the war in Ukraine. READ MORE

Further comments on the US-sponsored billboard campaign

Tuesday, April 18th, 2023

The pro-government nationwide daily devotes two columns in as many issues to the billboard campaign financed by the US Embassy, which indirectly criticises the position of the Hungarian government on the war in Ukraine. READ MORE

PM Orbán says US-Hungarian friendship must withstand divergence over the war in Ukraine

Monday, April 17th, 2023

An opposition-leaning columnist finds the deterioration in US-Hungarian relations worrisome but believes neither of the two parties want to deepen the enmity any further. A pro-government commentator sees the discord as a conflict between the US Left and Right rather than one between two countries. READ MORE