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Népszabadság - Hungary | 18/11/2014

Internet tax rouses Hungary's civil society

The demonstrations against an Internet tax were not motivated by party politics and were staged for the most by citizens who had never demonstrated before, the left-liberal daily Népszabadság notes: "The resistance movement in Hungary does not follow traditional patterns or pursue traditional goals. ... At each rally you meet novices. These are people who can feel the power of resistance and have the courage to stand up to the government. The second demonstration against the Internet tax in which thousands of people took part actually achieved its goal because the government withdrew its plans. ... This refractory mass of people is uncontrollable. Its lack of management and dynamics are scary. And unlike the parties it could force Viktor Orbán to relent."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 29/01/2013

Hungary's Left must bring down Orbán

With just a year to go before the parliamentary elections in Hungary the Hungarian Left must form a united front against the right-wing conservative Prime Minister Victor Orbán, the left-liberal daily Népszabadság demands, noting that otherwise the country is doomed: "No matter how devastating it sounds, the leitmotiv of the Hungarian Left must be to oppose Orbánism. ... Today the top priority is to put an end to the destructive policies of Viktor Orbán's government, policies that are ruining the future of countless socially disadvantaged families because they disregard the idea of equal opportunity. One thing has become clear: if Orbán remains at the helm in the long term, the country will go to the dogs. We are seeing the authoritarian way in which he leads the ruling party Fidesz. The Hungarian Left faces the crucial task of bringing down Orbán and his government at any cost."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 19/11/2011

Premier Orbán fails due to crisis

Under the pressure of the European debt crisis Hungary on Friday initiated talks with the International Monetary Union and the European Union about receiving financial aid. It's high time Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stepped down, writes the left-liberal daily Népszabadság: "The head of government and his loyal supporters have not only undermined the democratic system of institutions and arbitrarily nationalised the private pension funds but also created laws with retrospective effect. ... The government has trampled freedom underfoot. All those commentators who defended the government's measures always used the following argument: this is the price to be paid for bringing the economy up to scratch and achieving economic independence. ... Orbán's project has however been ineffective. The government has therefore weakened the foundations of civic democracy for nothing. Orbán must go."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 06/07/2011

Berlin toadies to Saudi regime

The German government apparently wants to sell 200 Leopard battle tanks to Saudi Arabia. Western states continue to abandon their democratic principles in their dealings with dictatorial states, writes the left-liberal daily Népszabadság: "Idealism is seldom to be found in geopolitics while the immorality of politics is staggering. The liberal democracies are basically prepared to fraternise with any power whenever it suits their financial interests. Hungary is a conspicuous example: ... The otherwise so fiercely anti-communist Viktor Orbán wished the Chinese dictatorship the following:  that it continue to pursue the same policies with which it has achieved fantastic successes in recent decades. The arms deals of the Germans and the kowtowing of the Orbán government to China are based on the very opportunism they will have to justify to their voters."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 13/05/2011

Spain's Left fails in the crisis

At 21.3 percent, unemployment in Spain reached its highest level in 14 years in the first quarter of 2011. According to the left-liberal daily Népszabadság, the progressive Left under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the bearer of such great hopes just a few years ago, has failed: "Spain's economic performance has sunk for the last six quarters. ... José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's government is proving incapable of steering the country out of the economic crisis. The local and regional elections on May 22 threaten to be a major defeat for the Socialists ahead of next year's parliamentary elections. The helplessness of the Spanish cabinet can also be interpreted as a new failure of the progressive Left. The seemingly inevitable election defeat will be extremely painful because for a long time it seems the progressive Spanish government had found the key to realising a pronouncedly leftist vision of the globalised world."

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