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Népszabadság - Hungary | 02/02/2015

Orbán lowers advertising tax for Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest on Monday. The left-liberal daily Népszabadság points out that just before the chancellor's visit the government lowered the exorbitantly high advertising tax for the commercial TV channel RTO-Klub, which belongs to Germany's Bertelsmann media group. "What a coincidence, Frau Merkel travels to Hungary and the government backs down on the advertising tax. ... For TV viewers however this means a media bloodletting. ... In recent months we have been able to watch news programmes on RTL Klub that are worthy of the name and which dealt with what was happening here. But now we suspect RTL Klub will once again be taken over by grinning TV starlets and the news about what is going on in this country will be pushed into the background once more. ... We certainly won't learn anything about what's really going on from the neutralised state-controlled media."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 12/07/2012

Ponta, Orbán and Fico all alike

With his power politics, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta resembles his counterparts in Hungary and Slovakia, Viktor Orbán and Robert Fico, writes the left-liberal daily Népszabadság: "So we have three heads of government sporting the labels 'left' (Fico), 'right' (Orbán) and 'left-liberal' (Ponta). We can therefore conclude that the political orientation of a politician says nothing about his commitment to democratic values. In fact all three premiers display the traits typical for the expansion of power in Eastern Europe. … The Romanian Victor Ponta is now trying to save himself by going on the offensive, which has provoked vehement reactions all over Europe, also on the part of the Hungarian ruling party Fidesz. It's dangerous for Ponta if President Traian Băsescu stays in office because he is a die-hard autocrat. Ponta wants to wipe out his opponents once and for all. Whether he will moderate his behaviour later on we can't tell at this point."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 26/04/2010

Absolute rulers wind up at a dead end

Viktor Orbán now possesses numerous instruments to cement his grip on power and has left no doubt that he intends to use them - even to the detriment of Hungary, writes the left-liberal daily Népszabadság: "Orbán no doubt also knows that cement can crack. But it would be an illusion to believe that Orbán and his party will wield their power with discipline and moderation. After all, the voters made no demands for a division of power in the elections. ... If Orbán doesn't manage to quickly satisfy the desires and demands of the majority of voters whose backing he now has, sooner or later his aura will start to show major cracks too. ... If Orbán focuses his energies mainly on ideologically-based policies Hungary won't find itself on the 'highway of history', as he promised during the election campaign, but in a dusty cul-de-sac."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 01/04/2008

Government crisis in Hungary

Hungary's Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány sacked his liberal health minister, Agnes Horváth, on Monday. Her dismissal was the result of a referendum held under pressure from the opposition three weeks ago in which, among other things, the majority voted against the Hungarian government's introduction of a fee for visits to the doctor. Now her party, the SZDSZ, is considering leaving the coalition. Rvin Tamás speculates on what the future holds: "A minority government with the formal support of the Liberals? How could reforms be carried out in view of a stagnating economy and dwindling trust and self-confidence? Gyurcsány, I fear, will deliver a feeble performance."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 07/03/2008

Referendum for a changeover of power in Hungary?

Next Sunday Hungary is scheduled to hold a referendum on health insurance contributions and tuition fees introduced by the government last year. Opposition leader Viktor Orbán is turning it into a vote on the social liberal government led by Ferenc Gyurcsány. Ervin Tamás comments: "Relations between the government and the opposition are no longer normal, but represent a grossly divided society, the hate that is invading the private sphere and the emotions that are spreading to the street. Naturally, many believe that all the fuss will die down once Prime Minister Gyurcsány disappears from the scene. And indeed, with a flood of 'yes' votes the referendum could achieve this. ... In any case, those involved will interpret the results at their own discretion, yet the whole thing is nothing more than a great letdown. And perhaps we'll be facing another referendum soon."

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