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A former MSZP leader urges the opposition to set out the concrete measures they would take if they win next year’s parliamentary election. Meanwhile, a pro-government columnist hopes that the Hungarian government will be able to establish ‘pragmatic relations’ with the Biden administration.

Hungarian press roundup by budapost.eu

In Népszava, former MSZP Chair Ildikó Lendvai thinks the swift executive orders issued by President Biden of the United States right after his inauguration should serve as an inspiring example for Hungary’s opposition.

She welcomes the agreements reached by the disparate forces of the opposition to run a single national list of candidates, behind a single candidate for Prime Minister, with single candidates against Fidesz in all individual constituencies. She also finds the declaration of basic principles released earlier this month a good starting point for a future shared programme of government.

Nevertheless, she suggests that if the opposition wants the ordinary citizen to grasp what it wants, it should also compile a few simple messages about tangible measures it promises to introduce if it wins the elections. Lendvai believes five to ten such promises would do the job. They might include higher minimum wages, family allowances, unemployment benefits as well as joining the 22 countries which have decided to participate in the European Prosecutor system.

In Magyar Hírlap, Mariann Őry finds it worrisome that the new US administration has speedily introduced several measures which, in her view, place it symbolically on the side of radical groupings. These include pro-immigration executive orders, and one allowing children to use restrooms reserved for their chosen gender, as well as to compete in sports with members of the gender they choose.

She approvingly quotes a Russian spokesperson who protested against the decision by the US Embassy in Moscow to post the planned route of the anti-government demonstration on its website.

Öry recalls that, under President Obama, ideological differences caused frictions in US-Hungarian relations, but hopes that this time the tone will be pragmatic and that ‘the White House will learn from Obama’s mistakes’.

featured image: US President Joe Biden; via MTI/AP/Evan Vucci