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Vona moves towards the centre

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Commenting on the move of Jobbik’s Chairman to remove several vice presidents in an attempt to transform Jobbik into a broad based party, a radical right-wing pundit argues that the party Chairman must be given a free hand to choose his deputies.


Vona to purge the Jobbik leadership of radicals

Monday, April 25th, 2016

As Jobbik leader Gábor Vona announces plans to get rid of Vice-Presidents associated with the exterme right wing of the party, commentators wonder what the implications of his move may be. READ MORE

Jobbik leader Gábor Vona’s annual speech

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Commenting on the Jobbik leader’s annual address to his party, a moderate columnist wonders if the radical right-wing party can move to the political centre and challenge Fidesz as a more moderate people’s party. READ MORE

Welfare in focus on Labour Day

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Commentators on both Left and Right make fun of promises of increases in welfare payments by left-wing and far-right parties. READ MORE

Vona’s moderate turn questioned

Friday, February 6th, 2015

A pro-government commentator says he cannot find Jobbik leader Gábor Vona’s turn towards moderation credible until the leader of Jobbik discloses his opinion about an infamous racist hate website. READ MORE

Vona turns towards the centre

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

A moderate conservative analyst suggests that Jobbik leader Gábor Vona has a chance to become PM Orbán’s challenger, after a series  of surprisingly measured statements designed to win over new layers of the electorate. READ MORE

Romanian President calls Hungary a hotbed of instability

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Commentators find Romanian accusations against Hungary out of proportion with the controversial statements made by Hungarian politicians in Transylvania. A left-liberal columnist thinks even far right Jobbik leader Vona should not be denied the right to travel to and speak in Romania. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, finds Romanian President Traian Băsescu’s attack on Fidesz, a former international ally, a breach of trust that only serves Băsescu’s presidential campaign. READ MORE

Vona raises Trianon issue in Romania

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Magyar Nemzet acknowledges that Hungarian far-right extremists do proselytise in Transylvania, but dismisses a claim by the Romanian Foreign Ministry that the Hungarian government should dissociate itself from Jobbik leader Vona’s statements. Népszabadság blames PM Orbán for exporting Hungarian party politics to Romania and setting an example for Jobbik’s absurd campaign. READ MORE

The Jewish background of a far-right leader

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Left-wing commentators poke fun at Jobbik MEP Csanád Szegedi who has turned out to have Jewish ancestry. Far right bloggers urge him to withdraw from politics. Jobbik chairman Gábor Vona says the case proves that his party is not racist. READ MORE

Is it PC to shake hands with Jobbik?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Népszabadság caught LMP leader András Schiffer chatting with Jobbik chairman Gábor Vona in the MPs’ office building and finds the scene unacceptable. Mandiner’s blogger, on the other hand, expects civilised behaviour from MPs towards one another, regardless of their political affiliations. READ MORE