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Hungary’s Trócsányi to become Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

A conservative commentator sees Mr Trócsányi’s nomination to Enlargement Commissioner within the European Commission as a victory for Hungary. READ MORE

Weeklies on the PM’s summer address

Monday, August 5th, 2019

In their first issues after Prime Minister Orbán delivered his annual policy speech at the Summer Fidesz event in Transylvania on 27 July, weekly newspapers try to make sense of his new notion of ‘Christian liberty’. READ MORE

PM Orbán meets Ursula von der Leyen

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

A pro-government columnist finds it encouraging that after their first meeting, PM Orbán said it was ‘a good decision’ on his part to back her candidacy. READ MORE

Weeklies on the new setup within the EU

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

A pro-government analyst looks into the background of the votes cast by Hungarian left-liberal MPs against Fidesz candidates for EU posts. A liberal weekly lambasts the Greens and the Socialists for not supporting Ursula von der Leyen’s election as President of the European Commission. An evangelist columnist interprets her election as an expression of Germany’s drive to dominate the EU. READ MORE

Conflicting views on von der Leyen

Friday, July 19th, 2019

A left-wing analyst thinks that the new President of the European Commission will be PM Orbán’s staunch opponent, while a pro-government commentator believes she should keep Hungary’s merits
in mind. READ MORE

Fidesz votes deemed crucial in electing von der Leyen

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

In their first comments on the election of the new President of the European Commission, commentators on both sided of the political divide remark that Ursula von der Leyen would have lost Tuesday’s vote had she not been supported by the 13 Fidesz MEPs. READ MORE

Weeklies on Hungary and the EU

Monday, July 8th, 2019

A middle-of-the-road publication weighs the government’s chances of withstanding criticism from the EU after the election of the new European Commission. Opposition weeklies lambast the government, accusing it of widespread corruption, while a pro-government pundit thinks the government enjoys the confidence of the citizenry. READ MORE

A left-wing take on the EU leadership deal

Friday, July 5th, 2019

A leading left-wing commentator condemns European leaders for selecting whom he describes as ‘characterless’ people to the top EU positions. He thinks PM Orbán has a lot to gain from their choice. READ MORE

Von der Leyen’s candidacy seen as ‘a victory’

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Pro-government commentators describe the choice of German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen as the top candidate for European Commission President as a success for the V4 countries and PM Orbán personally.  A liberal analyst remarks that the original People’s Party Candidate, Manfred Weber is more conservative in his views than Ms von der Leyen. READ MORE