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        Government to overhaul how culture is financed

        Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

        Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of changing the way culture is financed, in order to bring it under its control. Pro-government pundits dismiss the accusations. READ MORE

        Producer Andy Vajna dead

        Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

        The leading pro-government daily bids farewell to Andy Vajna, praising his contribution to Hungarian film making. A liberal commentator suspects a fight over his media holding and casino concessions will follow. READ MORE

        End of year report from the culture war

        Monday, December 31st, 2018

        A pro-government commentator calls on the Right to use its political power to end what he calls ‘liberal dominance’ in culture. A liberal pundit mocks the government’s efforts to transform the cultural landscape. READ MORE

        PM Orbán on Hungary’s Turkic origins

        Monday, September 10th, 2018

        Liberal pundits lambast PM Orbán for suggesting that the Hungarian national community has Turkic roots. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, welcomes that the fact that the PM acknowledges Hungary’s Eastern kinship and belonging. READ MORE

        Conservative poet calls for cultural renewal

        Saturday, August 11th, 2018

        A pro-government poet blames the drop in sales of books of literature on what he calls the elitism which dominates the literary field, and proposes that the national interest should be the priority in literature too. READ MORE

        Hungarian film wins Golden Bear

        Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

        The leading pro-government daily contends that Ildikó Enyedi’s success at the Berlin film festival indicates that the Hungarian public film funding system works well. A left-wing commentator acknowledges the state’s role in the success, but nonetheless considers the fund distribution scheme absurd. READ MORE

        Son of Saul wins the Oscar

        Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

        As László Nemes’ drama is awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, commentators offer various interpretations of the movie, but all agree that it is an important work of art. READ MORE

        Liberal Transylvanian politician on national homogeneity

        Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

        A Transylvanian commentator fears that the PM’s claims about Hungarian national homogeneity are mistaken and chime badly with the interests of transborder Hungarians. READ MORE

        Does Hungary need an Apocalypse?

        Monday, October 28th, 2013

        A centrist analyst believes that Hungarian politicians mirror public sentiments. Polarizing and combative rhetoric are not the inventions of parties but rather the expectations of voters. Regardless of the composition of the government, politics will remain divisive unless Hungarians become more compromising in tone and ideas. READ MORE

        Andy Vajna’s movie-war

        Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

        A conservative commentator rejects the charges levelled against the government’s movie commissioner, whom many filmmakers accuse of ruining Hungary’s world famous film industry. READ MORE