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        EU sanctions looming over Hungary

        Monday, October 1st, 2018

        As the payment procedures of EU funds to Hungary grow ever lengthier and the EU mainstream ponders withholding some of them, while an Article 7 procedure takes shape, commentators are sharply divided in their interpretations of this latest standoff between Brussels and Budapest. READ MORE

        European Parliament calls for the triggering of Article 7 against Hungary

        Friday, May 19th, 2017

        Pro-government commentators interpret the EP resolution against Hungary as a politically motivated attack by pro-migration forces. An independent and a left-wing columnist, on the other hand, agree with the authors of the text which accuses Hungary of violating basic EU norms. READ MORE

        Russian FM Lavrov’s visit to Budapest

        Friday, May 27th, 2016

        A left-wing commentator believes Mr Lavrov came to Budapest as part of a Russian endeavour to divide the European Union and NATO, while his pro-government counterpart argues that Hungary has a vested interest in developing trade with Russia. READ MORE

        EU tries to rein in Poland

        Saturday, January 16th, 2016

        A pro-government analyst characterises the steps taken to condemn the new Polish government as carbon copies of a series of earlier hearings and infringement procedures launched in Hungary’s case after the right-wing electoral victory in 2010. READ MORE

        European citizen’s initiative against Hungary is no threat

        Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

        A conservative legal analyst explains that the left-liberal initiative aimed at depriving Hungary of its voting rights within the European Union on account of its alleged undemocratic practices is unlikely to produce any tangible result. READ MORE

        PM criticises sanctions against Russia

        Monday, August 18th, 2014

        Left-wing commentators accuse PM Orbán of siding with Putin in the controversy over Ukraine. A right-wing analyst suggests that Hungary has to walk a tightrope in that conflict. READ MORE

        Reflections on the EU-Hungary tug of war

        Friday, July 12th, 2013

        A conservative commentator ponders the debate on the Tavares report in the European Parliament and believes that the Hungarian government should show more restraint in its use of the two thirds majority. READ MORE

        Reactions to the Tavares report

        Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

        Left-wing pundits contend that the government is trying to downplay external criticism by labeling its adversaries as biased left-wing partisans. They also hint that as a result of the looming elections in the EU and Hungary, the debates between the country and the EU institutions will probably intensify. READ MORE

        Tug-of-war with Brussels

        Monday, May 20th, 2013

        Commentators unanimously find the protracted tug-of-war between the government and the European Union on constitutional and financial issues harmful, but opinions diverge widely on the causes and the possible solutions. READ MORE

        EU committee report proposes procedures against Hungary

        Friday, May 10th, 2013

        In their comments on the Tavares report on the Hungarian Basic Law, both left and right-wing pundits deem it highly unlikely that the EU will indeed sanction Hungary. READ MORE