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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

Hungary’s credit rating outlook upgraded

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

As two out of the ‘big four’ upgrade Hungary’s credit rating outlook to positive, commentators ponder the prospects of a future upgrade of Hungarian sovereign debt to investment grade. READ MORE

2016 draft budget tabled in Parliament

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

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. READ MORE

Rumours about structural reforms and spending cuts

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of planning brutal cuts as Minister of National Economy Varga announces plans to reduce the rate of government spending. A conservative blogger suggests that the rate can be reduced without major austerity measures, provided the economy keeps growing at its current rate. READ MORE

Fears and hopes for the next four years

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Commentators wonder whether or not the next Orbán government will strike a more conciliatory tone, and seek compromises in the economy and in symbolic battles at home and on the European scene. READ MORE

EU recognizes favourable growth forecasts

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Commenting on recent statistics, a pro-government economist contends that PM Orbán has been successful in consolidating the Hungarian economy. The leading left-wing daily cites data from the building industry to underpin its view that the government’s policies have mostly failed. READ MORE

Basic income initiative criticised as a threat to the budget

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

The number one business daily condemns the Hungarian branch of an international initiative which has proposed a guaranteed and unconditional “basic income” for all European citizens as ”campaign-flavoured”. READ MORE

Inflation at 39 year low

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The leading left-wing daily contends that despite the record low overall inflation rate, Hungarian families have to spend more on basic goods. A pro-government columnist, on the other hand, believes the low inflation rate proves that the government is on the right path. READ MORE

Hungary exits EU excessive deficit procedure

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Left-wing columnists fear further austerity measures. A pro-government pundit notes that although the excessive deficit procedure has been lifted, the government should not expect an end to criticism from the EU. A conservative commentator, on the other hand, hopes that Fidesz will call a truce with the EU. READ MORE

Further tax hikes

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Commentators across the political spectrum wonder about the possible reasons behind the restrictions announced by the Minister of the Economy. READ MORE