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        Preliminary assessments of Putin’s visit to Budapest

        Thursday, October 31st, 2019

        While most outlets warn the people of Budapest about the roads to be temporarily closed for security reasons along the route of the visiting Russian president, a liberal analyst believes the Hungarian-Russian summit is just meant to demonstrate Russia’s good relations with an EU member country. READ MORE

        ‘Treason’ charge returned in kind

        Thursday, October 10th, 2019

        The left-wing daily rejects accusations of high treason by pro-government outlets towards opposition politicians who complain about the government’s policies in the European Union. The author retorts that they themselves are the real traitors. READ MORE

        Dispute over Paks and carbon neutrality

        Saturday, October 5th, 2019

        A left-wing commentator dismisses the government’s argument that nuclear power helps Hungary reduce carbon dioxide emissions. A pro-government columnist finds such criticism ideologically motivated, short-sighted and irrational. READ MORE

        Rising electricity prices may make Paks 2 profitable

        Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

        A business analyst who has been sceptical until now of the government’s maths on the financial viability of the new nuclear blocks to be built at Paks, now believes that the project might become profitable as a result of the unexpected but steady rise in international electricity prices. Construction is due to begin this year. READ MORE

        Hungary repays first Paks loan installment

        Saturday, February 10th, 2018

        A left-wing columnist lambasts the government after it was announced that the first Paks loan drawdown has been repaid. A liberal pundit, on the other hand, claims that the government’s decision is reasonable, and that the Russian loan may at some point become a favorable option for Hungary again. READ MORE

        PM Orbán’s visit to Vienna

        Friday, February 2nd, 2018

        Pro-government commentators argue that Hungary has won a valuable ally in the new Austrian government in its feud with Brussels, while an alt-left blogger thinks the Prime Minister will leave Hungarian guest-workers in the lurch as Austria plans to cut their family allowances. READ MORE

        A left-liberal diatribe against the opposition

        Saturday, September 9th, 2017

        A leading left-liberal commentator accuses left-wing parties of sharing responsibility for ‘setting Fidesz rule in concrete’. READ MORE

        President Putin in Budapest

        Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

        Commenting on the Russian President’s short visit to Hungary, a left-wing columnist fears that the government wants to make Hungary part of the illiberal East. A conservative and a centrist pundit dismiss such fears, but also caution against too strong ties with Russia. READ MORE

        Brussels gives green light to the Paks II project

        Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

        A pro-government columnist hopes that the Paks nuclear plant project will not be submitted to a referendum. A left-wing commentator finds it sad that the Left, which initially was in favour of the new plant, now uses it for ‘fear mongering’. READ MORE

        Paks II project defended

        Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

        A pro-government author dismisses objections by environmentalists to Hungary’s nuclear power station project and suggests that the two new reactors will be financially viable and will not leave Hungary dependent on Russia. READ MORE