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Dispute over the economic implications of migration

Monday, August 14th, 2017

A conservative economist suspects that core EU states facilitate migration in order to import a cheap labour force. A liberal analyst dismisses the claim that migration is the biggest economic challenge, and recommends the government spend more on education. READ MORE

Does Hungary need the Euro?

Monday, July 10th, 2017

A conservative economist ponders the potential benefits and disadvantages of introducing the Euro in Hungary, and calls for a calm pragmatic approach. READ MORE

Opposing takes on high growth prospects

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

A pro-government analyst sees high growth forecasts as proof that Hungary’s economic policies yield better results than the mainstream EU recipes, while a left-wing columnist suggests that the government is jeopardising the country’s future by rejecting further European integration. READ MORE

Economy growing faster than expected

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

A pro-government commentator interprets the 4.1 GDP growth in the first quarter of 2017 as a vindication of the government’s economic vision. A left-wing columnist objects that the Hungarian economy’s competitiveness has declined. READ MORE

Silk Road’ conference in Beijing attended by PM Orbán

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

A pro-government commentator welcomes the government’s pragmatism in Chinese affairs. An independent conservative columnist agrees that China is an important economic partner for Hungary, but fears that Chinese investment may increase corruption. READ MORE

Up to 4 per cent GDP growth predicted

Monday, March 13th, 2017

As experts forecast steady growth in the forthcoming two years, a conservative and a left-wing economist agree that in order to maintain fast growth, Hungary needs to improve competitiveness through investing more in education. 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

PM Orbán’s Lámfalussy lecture

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

A pro-government columnist agrees with PM Orbán that after the election of Donald Trump, Hungary will have the chance to put the national interest first. A left-wing commentator doubts that Hungary is on an equal footing with the US. 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

National Bank forecasts faster GDP growth

Friday, December 16th, 2016

A left-wing commentator doubts that Hungarian GDP growth will reach the 4 per cent figure in 2017 forecast by National Bank President Matolcsy. The leading online business site, however, thinks that Matolcsy’s optimistic estimate may be correct. READ MORE