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The prospect of talks with the IMF and the EU

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Left wing newspapers remain highly critical of the government’s economic policy and of Minister György Matolcsy personally, after a week which witnessed PM Viktor Orbán meeting EC President José Manuel Barroso, the IMF issuing its annual Staff Report and Mr Matolcsy facing the Economic Committee of Parliament. Pro-government columnists talk about relative successes and the cabinet’s intention to accomplish a shift in its policies. READ MORE

Hungary bracing for a tough New Year

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

All commentators agree that 2012 will be even tougher than 2010.  But they disagree on the reasons, and on the best policy to follow. READ MORE

Two sides of Orbán’s Christmas interview

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

PM Viktor Orbán’s Christmas interview in the main pro-government daily, Magyar Nemzet sparks rather different reactions from each side of the political spectrum. Left wing Népszabadság believes that cabinet policy will lead the country to an “unforeseeable future”, while right wing Magyar Hírlap questions the value of hard-headedness in tough times. READ MORE

Does the West want to oust Orbán?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Népszabadság believes Mr Barroso has “sent the silk cord” to PM Viktor Orbán, while Magyar Nemzet compares the current pressure from Washington and Brussels to post-war Soviet interference. READ MORE