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        Hungary wins gold medal at Winter Olympics

        Saturday, February 24th, 2018

        As the Hungarian team wins the gold medal in the men’s short track speed skating, a liberal and a conservative commentator lambast a liberal intellectual for his comments on the Chinese-Hungarian skaters. READ MORE

        A liberal view of Budapest’s failed Olympic bid

        Monday, March 6th, 2017
        Magyar Narancs celebrates the withdrawal of Budapest’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games as a third victory over Viktor Orbán and his government within a year.

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        Further ruminations on the withdrawn Olympic bid

        Saturday, February 25th, 2017

        Two conservative columnists regret that there will be no referendum on the Olympic application. A third conservative pundit thinks that the bid fell prey to party politics. READ MORE

        Budapest withdraws Olympic bid

        Friday, February 24th, 2017

        As the government announces that it is withdrawing the application for the 2024 Olympic Games, a pro-government commentator accuses the Left of betraying the nation as well as its own voters. Liberal analysts, on the other hand, rejoice over the announcement. READ MORE

        Can Momentum keep up the momentum?

        Monday, February 20th, 2017

        Most commentators believe that the governing forces will withdraw Budapest’s Olympic bid, after a new political movement collected almost twice as many signatures as necessary to back a referendum on the subject. They also ponder whether Momentum, after this spectacular success, will become a significant opposition force. READ MORE

        Is the Olympic bid doomed?

        Saturday, February 18th, 2017

        A centrist analyst believes that the cause of the 2024 Budapest Olympic Games is irrevocably lost, as it has lost popular support in the Hungarian capital. He lays the blame on the promoters themselves. READ MORE

        Olympics referendum lacks support of Left

        Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

        A left-wing commentator lambasts the MSZP and the DK for criticising the initiators of a referendum on Budapest’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, and accuses them of playing into the government’s hands. READ MORE

        Young people collect signatures against Budapest’s Olympic bid

        Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

        Left-liberal commentators resolutely oppose the government’s plans to host the 2024 Olympic Games, but are undecided about Momentum (Momo for short), the movement founded by Hungarian graduates of British universities who are promoting a referendum against the project. READ MORE

        Campaign against Hungary’s Olympic bid

        Thursday, January 26th, 2017

        The Momentum Movement, a new youth organization has started to collect signatures to call a referendum to derail the Budapest 2024 Olympic bid. 35,000 were collected in the first 3 days, of 138,000 necessary. Commentators assess the political implications of the Olympic bid as well as the referendum initiative. READ MORE

        Olympic culture war

        Monday, August 29th, 2016

        In their overall assessment of the Rio Olympic Games, Hungarian pundits interpret the performance of Hungarian athletes and the importance of sports in highly ideological and overly politicized terms.  READ MORE