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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

Government proposes wage hikes

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

A conservative commentator welcomes the government’s announcement of a six year massive wage hike cycle. He believes that this programme will increase Hungary’s competitiveness and increase the added value produced in the country. 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

Fears over Russian economic expansion dismissed

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

An economist rejects the claims of a recent CSIS report, according to which Russia has been restoring its economic and political leverage in Central and Eastern Europe. READ MORE

Ruminations on Hungary’s economic challenges

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

A left-wing sociologist thinks that the government has failed to improve welfare in Hungary. A pro-government economist contends that the Orbán government has been successful in boosting the economy and faces only ‘minor challenges’. 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

Government ponders payroll tax cut

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Two economists doubt that the government’s plan to reduce payroll taxes would help boost the economy and improve employment.  READ MORE