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Government submits 2018 budget to Parliament

Friday, May 5th, 2017

A pro-government commentator contends that the government budget bill is balanced and prudent. His left-wing counterpart accuses the government of vote hunting through pension hikes. READ MORE

Hungary plans 2.5 per cent GDP growth

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Commentators disagree sharply on Hungary’s economic growth potential. READ MORE

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

Third rating upgrade in sight

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Days ahead of the next report and likely upgrade of Hungary to investment category by Moody’s, a pro-government columnist thinks that the Hungarian economy is on the right path. Her left-wing counterpart complains about lacklustre growth.   READ MORE

Standard & Poor’s upgrades Hungary

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

A conservative analyst interprets the second major rating company’s decision to upgrade Hungary to investment category as an acknowledgement of the success of the oft criticized economic policies pursued by the government and the National Bank. 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

Hungarian economy grows by 3.4 per cent

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Commenting on the latest GDP data, a conservative analyst is optimistic about Hungary’s economic prospects. His left-wing counterpart admits fast growth but at the same time fears that the increase in economic output has no impact on the lives of poorer Hungarians. READ MORE

Hungary buys stake in ERSTE, pledges bank tax cut

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Conservative pundits welcome the government’s decision to temporarily invest in ERSTE Bank Hungary and pledge to take out the surplus bank tax. This, they believe, will help consolidate the banking sector and boost lending. A left-wing commentator doubts that the government will fulfil its promises. 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

Divergent takes on positive growth indicators

Friday, September 5th, 2014

The leading left-wing daily accuses the government of tinkering with key economic indicators in order to suggest that the economy is growing rather than stagnating. A conservative analyst finds the Left guilty of claiming that the Hungarian economy is in bad shape, despite sizeable increases in most key indicators. READ MORE