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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

Hungary to cut corporate tax rate to lowest in the EU

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

A conservative economist welcomes PM Orbán’s announcement that Hungarian corporate tax is to be cut to the lowest in the EU. A liberal economist, on the other hand, fears that the tax cut will create disparities in the economy. READ MORE

Pro-government experts urge higher health expenditures

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Two conservative economists urge measures to stop the exodus of doctors and nurses, and suggest tax increases in order to make substantial wage hikes possible. READ MORE

Tourism boosts rents

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

As the number of tourists arriving in Hungary hits record highs and online rental websites become increasingly popular, a columnist calls for stricter tax inspection and better regulation of the privately rented appartments. READ MORE

Liberal pundit cautions against minimum wage hike

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

A liberal columnist contends that the Left’s welfare promises are unrealistic and irresponsible. He suggests out that left-wing parties want to significantly increase government spending while at the same time, they deny that this would require tax hikes as well. READ MORE

Will Simicska wage his media war on his own?

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Commentators wonder how far the feud between Prime Minister Orbán and his former friend and treasurer will go, and what impact it will have on the main right-wing media outlets which are ultimately owned by the latter. READ MORE

Government and RTL TV make peace?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Left-wing dailies report that the Government has made a deal with the German owners of Hungary’s increasingly critical No. 1 commercial TV station and thus removed a thorn from German-Hungarian relations a few days before Chancellor Merkel’s visit to Budapest. READ MORE

Trade union road blocks

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

A pro-government commentator argues that the nationwide demonstration proved the presence of vibrant democracy in Hungary. Meanwhile she criticises the government for imposing toll on the Budapest highway belt as well as MPs for wanting to exempt themselves of highway tolls. READ MORE

Shops to close on Sundays

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

As plans to close stores on Sundays are announced a liberal weekly accuses the government of acting mindlessly. A right-wing commentator, on the other hand, believes that the government has a simple and pragmatic reason for the ban: making sure that multinational retail chains will pay taxes. READ MORE

Escalation in Hungarian-US diplomatic skirmishes

Monday, November 17th, 2014

As the Hungarian government reveals an aide memoire by the US Embassy’s document on corruption, a conservative columnist accuses the US of trying to pressure the Hungarian government in defense of American business interest. Left-wing commentators accuse the Hungarian government of closing its eyes over institutional corruption. READ MORE