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Rule of law controversy drags on

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

As Prime Minister Orbán and his Polish counterpart say they are waiting for a compromise on the debate over the rule of law conditionality of EU payments, commentators on both sides of the political divide ponder the implications. READ MORE

No resolution in sight in clash with EU

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Commentators ponder whether a compromise is possible in the feud pitting Hungary and Poland against the majority of the EU member countries, over plans to make Union payments to member countries conditional on rule of law compliance. READ MORE

Ruminations 10 days after the EU Summit

Friday, July 31st, 2020

Ten days after the next seven-year budget and the coronavirus recovery fund were adopted by heads of state and government, commentators still struggle to make sense of what exactly the decisions taken in Brussels mean for Hungary. READ MORE

Next year’s budget forecasts over 4 per cent growth

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Commenting on next year’s budget, which was adopted by Parliament last Friday, analysts acknowledge the successes of the past eight years and ponder the chances of further growth. READ MORE

Government tables 2019 draft budget

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

A pro-government columnist and an independent analyst find the government’s draft budget well-balanced. A left-wing commentator speculates that the government will have even more opportunity to spend large sums at its own discretion. READ MORE

Government submits 2018 budget to Parliament

Friday, May 5th, 2017

A pro-government commentator contends that the government budget bill is balanced and prudent. His left-wing counterpart accuses the government of vote hunting through pension hikes. READ MORE

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

Next year’s budget passed

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

A conservative commentator draws a positive balance of the economic policies pursued by the government over the past six years. READ MORE

Fitch upgrades Hungary

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

As Hungary regains its investment grade status from Fitch Ratings after four years in the junk category, commentators are divided over what comes next. READ MORE

Government plans zero budget deficit

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Centrist, conservative and pro-government columnists welcome the government’s plans to cut the deficit to zero by 2017 and thus reduce public debt. READ MORE