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Antony Blinken named as next US Secretary of State

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Commentators across the political spectrum try to guess how US-Hungarian diplomatic relations will develop under the new US administration. READ MORE

Hungarian economy seen as relatively resilient

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

An independent economist points out that the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic had a deeper negative impact on other EU economies than on Hungary. READ MORE

PM predicts tough months ahead for hospitals

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

As Prime Minister Orbán announces unprecedented wage hikes for physicians and warns that the second wave of the pandemic will be deeper and longer than the first one, a centrist analyst warns that the COVID pandemic could get out of control if the government and the public do not take more severe precautions. READ MORE

EU rescue fund’s rule of law conditionality watered down

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

A centrist economic analyst contends that the German proposal eases the rule of law conditionality of access to the EU coronavirus EU recovery funds. He finds it unlikely that Hungary and Poland can be punished with the suspension of their EU funding. READ MORE

Battered Forint sinks 10 per cent this year

Friday, September 25th, 2020

A left-wing commentator thinks the government has contributed to weakening the national currency, while a business analyst sees no hope for a stronger Forint in the foreseeable future. READ MORE

Government extends loan repayment moratorium

Monday, September 21st, 2020

A pro-government commentator praises the Prime Minister for his bold measures to mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic. The leading online business news site also welcomes the government’s decision to extend the loan repayment moratorium. READ MORE

Hungary in the second wave of the pandemic

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

As the numbers of new coronavirus infections surge and the government introduces new measures to contain the epidemic, analysts urge more social distancing and testing. READ MORE

Hungary introduces border restrictions

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

As the government announces tough border restrictions, pundits across the political spectrum wonder if Hungary can avoid a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE

Government accused of meanness

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

A left-wing author condemns the government’s frugal policy in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, while a business website ponders whether monetary easing can be expected when public deficits reach record levels. READ MORE

Weeklies on EU recovery fund deal

Monday, July 27th, 2020

The weeklies, and the weekend editions of the dailies ponder the broader implications of the EU recovery fund and the next 7 year budget. Liberal analysts see it as a step towards a more unified Europe, while a Marxist philosopher interprets it as the end of the European dream. Conservative commentators interpret the deal as a great victory for Prime Minister Orbán. READ MORE