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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

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

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

Growing GDP amid increasing shortage of manpower

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

A pro-government analyst is confident that growth rates of 3 to 5 per cent are attainable in the foreseeable future, while a left-wing commentator thinks that the shortage of manpower will cause serious problems. READ MORE

Syrian immigrants not needed in Hungary

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

As five thousand migrants are taken by bus each day through western Hungary from the Croatian to the Austrian border, a conservative economist argues that despite its demographic decline, it would not be in Hungary’s interest to encourage them to stay – even if they wanted to. READ MORE

Liberal pundit on brain drain

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

A liberal pundit agrees with Mihály Varga, Minister of National Economy that the brain drain is a serious problem for Hungary. He doubts, however, if the government can do much in the short run to slow down the exodus of skilled Hungarians by hiking the minimum wage. READ MORE

Employment figures improve

Friday, July 31st, 2015

As the employment rate increases to a 23 year high, pro-government and conservative columnists think that the Orbán government is on target to achieve its main employment objectives. A left-wing columnist, however, believes the employment picture is less rosy than the government claims. READ MORE

Hungarian employment rate on the rise

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

A conservative analyst deduces from major economic indicators that Hungary is on the right path. He finds the increasing number of new jobs particularly promising. READ MORE

Tesco closes 13 stores in Hungary

Friday, January 16th, 2015

A left-wing columnist accuses the government of responsibility for the layoff of five hundred employees as Tesco announces its decision to shut down 13 stores in Hungary. His pro-government counterpart believes that the unprofitable stores are to be closed down in a move of financial prudence and on account of the global problems of the London-based multinational. READ MORE

PM Orbán’s pledges to reindustrialize Hungary

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

A left-wing commentator contends that instead of boosting industrial output, the government should help the service sector. A conservative economist on the other hand notes that reindustrialization is in fashion both in the EU and in the US. READ MORE