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Doubts about Hungary’s growth model

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

A conservative commentator thinks that the Hungarian economy cannot sustain growth in the long run as Hungarian firms cannot significantly increase wages to stop emigration and ease the labor shortage. READ MORE

S&P upgrades Hungarian outlook rating to positive

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A pro-government commentator thinks that S&P’s decision to raise Hungarian credit outlook to positive indicates that the Hungarian economy is on a steady growth path. A left-wing columnist, on the other hand, thinks the upgrade is due to the private sector’s performance. READ MORE

Hungarian GDP grows by 0.9 per cent in Q1

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Although the growth rate for the first quarter of 2017 is slightly beneath the expectation of experts, analysts agree that the government’s objective of 4.1 per cent growth can still be achieved in 2017. READ MORE

Left-wing debate on higher wages

Friday, August 11th, 2017

A left-wing political economist believes that in order to boost productivity, the state needs to intervene and boost wages. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, fears that higher wages would increase first and foremost alcohol and tobacco consumption. 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

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

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

PM Orbán opens spring session debates

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A conservative economist agrees with the Prime Minister that the economy is on a firm footing and that Hungary haa chance of catching up with western Europe. Another analyst accuses the Prime Minister of trying to divert attention from corruption. 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