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Calls for vaccine mandate

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021

A left-wing and a moderate commentator call on the government to introduce mandatory vaccination. Without explicitly endorsing vaccine mandates, a pro-government columnist lambasts Western European anti-vaxxer protesters. READ MORE

National Bank raises its base rate

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

A financial analyst admits that the issuing bank is taking inflation more seriously than so far but is only cautiously optimistic about the success of the moderate shift in the National Bank’s monetary policy. READ MORE

Visegrad 4 collaboration in peril?

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

A centrist analyst suspects that the Visegrád alliance will lose steam, after the decision by the Polish Constitutional Court’s to reject the primacy of EU law over national legislation, and the likely end of Andrej Babis’ government in the Czech Republic. READ MORE

Minimum wage to be raised by 20 %

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

A conservative economist agrees that Hungarian wages are low, but he still finds the government’s plan to raise the minimum wage by 20 per cent risky. READ MORE

National Bank’s rate hikes deemed necessary

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

An independent economist welcomes the National Bank’s base interest rate hikes and the announcement of incremental tapering. He believes that returning to more orthodox monetary measures will help Hungary prepare for future financial turmoil. READ MORE

GDP growth exceeds expectations

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

A pro-government commentator believes that Hungary’s 17.9 per cent growth rate vindicates the government’s economic policy. The leading online business journal suspects that fast growth may necessitate further interest rate hikes by the National Bank. READ MORE

Chances of rapid growth in 2021

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

An economic analyst thinks that Hungarian GDP growth may exceed 6 per cent only if the inflation rate is kept under control and there is no new major coronavirus outbreak. READ MORE

PM Orbán calls referendum

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

A pro-government commentator welcomes the Prime Minister’s decision to call a referendum on the controversial child abuse legislation. A liberal columnist interprets the referendum as an act of ‘political paedophilia’. READ MORE

Ruminations on life after Covid

Monday, April 19th, 2021

As the third wave of the coronavirus passes its peak, the number of infections declines and the vaccination rate passes 31 per cent, commentators ponder the post-Covid prospects of economic recovery. READ MORE

School reopening partially postponed

Friday, April 16th, 2021

On Thursday, Prime Minister Orbán announced that classroom education will resume on Monday for only the first 4 classes of primary school children. Students in the 5th grade and above will continue to learn online until May 10. READ MORE