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Conflicting takes on the state of the Hungarian economy

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

A left-wing commentator describes welfare measures introduced barely three months before the next parliamentary elections as a desperate attempt by the government to increase its popularity. His right-wing counterpart believes those measures are proof of sound fundamentals. READ MORE

Government makes 350 billion forint budget readjustment

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

A left-wing columnist accuses the government of overspending ahead of the 2022 April election. A conservative economist, on the other hand, finds the government’s economic path sound and reasonable. READ MORE

Dispute over Hungary’s economic outlook

Saturday, December 11th, 2021

A left-wing commentator fears that the government’s spending policies will further fuel already rampant inflation. A pro-government analyst quotes two independent analyses to justify his confidence that Hungarian growth will skyrocket. READ MORE

Inflation soars, government caps fuel prices

Saturday, November 13th, 2021

A left-wing commentator accuses the government of trying to mitigate an inflation caused, in part, by its own policies. His right-wing counterpart praises the measure as beneficial for consumers and businesses alike. READ MORE

National Bank’s rate hikes deemed necessary

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

An independent economist welcomes the National Bank’s base interest rate hikes and the announcement of incremental tapering. He believes that returning to more orthodox monetary measures will help Hungary prepare for future financial turmoil. READ MORE

GDP growth exceeds expectations

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

A pro-government commentator believes that Hungary’s 17.9 per cent growth rate vindicates the government’s economic policy. The leading online business journal suspects that fast growth may necessitate further interest rate hikes by the National Bank. READ MORE

Matolcsy cautions against rushed introduction of Euro

Friday, August 6th, 2021

A left-wing commentator disagrees with the National Bank governor, who does not consider as timely the adoption of the common European currency. A conservative economist remarks that Hungary cannot in any case rapidly introduce the Euro – thanks to the previous Socialist-Liberal governments. READ MORE

Chances of rapid growth in 2021

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

An economic analyst thinks that Hungarian GDP growth may exceed 6 per cent only if the inflation rate is kept under control and there is no new major coronavirus outbreak. READ MORE

Dispute over government record

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

A pro-government commentator praises the government’s vaccination performance and post-Covid recovery policies. Left-wing columnists, on the other hand, fear serious problems ahead, including increasing inequality. READ MORE

Hungary’s economic record and outlook

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

A conservative economist believes that Hungary’s growth rate confirms the wisdom of the government’s economic policies. Another analyst notes that Hungary is lagging behind most new EU member states in terms of growth. READ MORE