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2016 draft budget tabled in Parliament

As Mihály Varga Minister of National Economy submits the draft of the 2016 budget to Parliament, analysts from across the political spectrum assess it according to their own political tastes and leanings.

Hungary GDP grows by 3.5 per cent in 2014

After the publication of 2014 growth data which exceeds even the most optimistic estimates, the leading left-wing daily suggests that the government should spend more on welfare. A conservative columnist believes that fast economic growth can be sustained.

Left-wing Veszprém by-election candidate in crossfire

Commentators both on Left and Right find it highly controversial or even absurd that in the Veszprém by-election the Left supports a libertarian candidate who earlier suggested that voting rights should be conditional on tax payment and that primary education as well as health care should be privatized.

Hungary loses international lawsuit on tobacco licenses

Népszabadság thinks the government should compensate former tobacconists who lost their licenses after the reform introduced in 2012, after one of them won his case against Hungary at the European Court of Human Rights.

President Putin to visit Hungary

The leading left-wing daily fears that Vladimir Putin’s March visit, announced this week, is another indication of the Hungarian government’s Eastern orientation. A conservative analyst points out that Hungary needs to maintain good relations with both Germany and Russia. Another left-wing commentator suspects that PM Orbán may want to revise ...

US-Hungary controversy over corruption allegations

A left-wing commentator thinks Hungary should be glad to hear that the United States plans to devote funds to fighting corruption in Central and Eastern Europe, while his pro-government counterpart likens American allegations to the charges levelled by mysterious authorities against Mr K in Kafka’s famous novel, ’The Trial’.

Sunday shop closure

As parliament passes a bill to force most shops to close on Sundays from 15 March next year, a left-wing commentator accuses the government of targeting multinational enterprises which are more competitive than “its favourite domestic chains”.

‘Day of Outrage’ demonstrations

Népszabadság thinks the 15 thousand strong Budapest rally signalled a turning point in anti-government protest, while liberal pundits criticise demonstrators for condemning not just the incumbent government, but all its predecessors over the past 25 years as well.

Escalation in Hungarian-US diplomatic skirmishes

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.

US Chargé d’Affaires in the spotlight

A left-wing columnist urges Tax Authority chief Ildikó Vida to step down as soon as possible. A conservative commentator accuses the US Chargé d’Affaires of actively supporting anti-government organizations and encouraging protests.