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End-of-year assessments on government spending

Friday, December 30th, 2016

A pro-government columnist points out that the government has kept the deficit under control while at the same time it has managed to cut taxes. A critic of the government, on the other hand, thinks the state offers too heavy subsidies to multinationals. READ MORE

Next year’s budget passed

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

A conservative commentator draws a positive balance of the economic policies pursued by the government over the past six years. READ MORE

Fitch upgrades Hungary

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

As Hungary regains its investment grade status from Fitch Ratings after four years in the junk category, commentators are divided over what comes next. READ MORE

Government plans zero budget deficit

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Centrist, conservative and pro-government columnists welcome the government’s plans to cut the deficit to zero by 2017 and thus reduce public debt. READ MORE

Hungary’s credit rating outlook upgraded

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

As two out of the ‘big four’ upgrade Hungary’s credit rating outlook to positive, commentators ponder the prospects of a future upgrade of Hungarian sovereign debt to investment grade. READ MORE

2016 draft budget tabled in Parliament

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

As Mihály Varga Minister of National Economy submits the draft of the 2016 budget to Parliament, analysts from across the political spectrum assess it according to their own political tastes and leanings. READ MORE

Rumours about structural reforms and spending cuts

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of planning brutal cuts as Minister of National Economy Varga announces plans to reduce the rate of government spending. A conservative blogger suggests that the rate can be reduced without major austerity measures, provided the economy keeps growing at its current rate. READ MORE

Fears and hopes for the next four years

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Commentators wonder whether or not the next Orbán government will strike a more conciliatory tone, and seek compromises in the economy and in symbolic battles at home and on the European scene. READ MORE

EU recognizes favourable growth forecasts

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Commenting on recent statistics, a pro-government economist contends that PM Orbán has been successful in consolidating the Hungarian economy. The leading left-wing daily cites data from the building industry to underpin its view that the government’s policies have mostly failed. READ MORE

Basic income initiative criticised as a threat to the budget

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

The number one business daily condemns the Hungarian branch of an international initiative which has proposed a guaranteed and unconditional “basic income” for all European citizens as ”campaign-flavoured”. READ MORE