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        Debate over compensation for inmates and Roma rolls on

        Monday, January 27th, 2020

        Weeklies and weekend editions of dailies right across the political spectrum discuss the implications of the government’s plans to suspend payment of compensation for  inmates who have won court cases for overcrowding and Roma children taught in segregated classrooms. Each side accuses the other of inciting hatred and threatening the constitutional order. READ MORE

        Weeklies on the Roma school segregation verdict

        Monday, January 20th, 2020

        Left-liberal weeklies are outraged by the Prime Minister’s opinion that ‘something should be done’ about the court sentence which compels the Gyöngyöspata Council to pay compensation to Roma families whose children were segregated at school from 2004 to 2012. Conservative authors suggest that the verdict is doing more harm than good. READ MORE

        Diametrically opposed takes on Roma school segregation ruling

        Monday, January 13th, 2020

        Liberal and left-wing commentators accuse Prime Minister Orbán of racism for publicly criticizing a court ruling granting compensation to Roma families whose children were enrolled in separate classes to non-Roma children. Pro-government columnists agree with the Prime Minister and find the ruling outrageous. READ MORE

        Dispute over public education

        Thursday, August 8th, 2019

        A left-wing columnist criticizes the government’s amendments to the public education act. A conservative pundit contends that bureaucratic efforts to integrate disadvantaged children are doomed to fail. READ MORE

        Police bans extreme rightwing paramilitary demonstration

        Monday, May 20th, 2019

        A liberal human rights activist welcomes the police’s decision not to allow a march by two extreme-right paramilitary groups in protest against what they call ‘Gypsy terror’. READ MORE

        Tenth anniversary of the Anti-Roma killing spree

        Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
        Ten years after a series of murderous attacks on Roma families by extreme right-wingers, an alt-left and a conservative analyst draw opposing conclusions. Both believe, nonetheless, that the plight of the Roma is a central issue in Hungary today.

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        Conservative pundit calls for Roma census

        Monday, November 20th, 2017

        A conservative columnist thinks that all parties since 1990 have neglected the plight of the Roma, and calls for a census to identify the main problems Roma face. READ MORE

        Seeking ways for Roma integration 

        Monday, August 28th, 2017

        A conservative columnist and two Roma rights activists agree that Roma intellectuals have a crucial role to play in the integration of Roma. They also think that some left-wing liberal integration strategies have been less than productive. READ MORE

        Jobbik leader ready to apologize to Jews and Roma

        Thursday, August 17th, 2017

        Both a pro-government commentator and a liberal analyst doubt if Jobbik leader Gábor Vona can convincingly distance himself and his party from Jobbik’s earlier extremist statements concerning Jews and Roma. READ MORE

        Jobbik MP suggests suffrage based on educational achievement

        Monday, August 7th, 2017

        After a prominent Jobbik MP suggested that people who have not completed eight years of basic schooling should not be allowed to vote, commentators agree that the proposal is out of touch with modern times, but might be revealing about just how far Jobbik’s move to the centre has gone. READ MORE