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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

National Bank raises base rate

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Commenting on the rate hike announced by the National Bank on Tuesday, a left-wing columnist interprets National Bank President Matolcsy’s criticism of overspending as a declaration of war on the government. READ MORE

Monetary experts warn against high debt

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

Two chief economists of the Hungarian National Bank dismiss the suggestion, broadly held among left-wing US economists, that governments have no reason to worry about high levels of public debt. READ MORE

Prime Minister expects fast growth in 2021

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

A pro-government commentator is hopeful that Prime Minsiter Orbán and National Bank President Matolcsy are right to expect a swift rebound for the Hungarian economy and the start of another ‘golden era of growth’. READ MORE

Left urges Hungary to join the Eurozone

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Endorsing the position of the main opposition parties, a left-wing commentator believes the government is harming the national interest by not joining the Eurozone. READ MORE

Matolcsy calls the Euro a mistake

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

A leading business analyst finds it obvious that since the President of the National Bank urged the EU to lift the obligation of member countries to join the Eurozone, Hungary has no intention of joining the common currency. READ MORE

Skirmish between Varga and Matolcsy

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

As the Minister of Finance and the President of the National Bank disagree on monetary policy, left-wing and pro-government analysts offer diametrically opposing views on the state of the Hungarian economy. READ MORE

Profit transfers higher than EU subsidies

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

A university lecturer argues that it would be unfair if the European Union were to introduce new political conditions for regional and cohesion subsidies to continue beyond 2020. His contribution is part of a debate over calculations by the French leftwing star economist Tomas Piketty, who wrote that on aggregate Hungary and the rest of the Visegrád countries are the losers of the ‘free market access for development subsidies’ system operated by the European Union. READ MORE

MSZP suspected of receiving government support

Monday, June 26th, 2017

A fact-finding journalist discovers examples of surprising albeit indirect financial help from the government side to the MSZP, while an independent commentator dismisses the idea that the MSZP is kept afloat by Fidesz as just one more conspiracy theory. Jobbik’s new moderate strategy may play a role in the strategies of these two parties. READ MORE

National Bank forecasts faster GDP growth

Friday, December 16th, 2016

A left-wing commentator doubts that Hungarian GDP growth will reach the 4 per cent figure in 2017 forecast by National Bank President Matolcsy. The leading online business site, however, thinks that Matolcsy’s optimistic estimate may be correct. READ MORE