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Hungary buys MKB Bank

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Analysts wonder if it makes sense to increase public ownership in the banking sector. A pro-government commentator welcomes the decision, which he believes will help the economy, while a left-wing columnist warns against spending public money to consolidate MKB. READ MORE

Government plans to buy Dunaferr Steel

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Left-wing and liberal pundits harshly criticize the government’s bid for Dunaferr Steel Works after it announced the layoff of 1,500 employees. Critics suggest that renationalization will mean that taxpayers will have to shoulder the company’s losses. READ MORE

Government to take over energy providers

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Népszabadság suggests foreign companies may be convinced that Fidesz will win next year’s parliamentary elections – hence the readiness of some to sell their utility shares to the state. READ MORE

Government buys back water supplier

Monday, April 29th, 2013

A pro-government commentator welcomes the government’s decision to buy the Pécs municipal water provider company. The leading left-wing liberal daily, on the other hand, finds it unacceptable that taxpayers have to pay for lower energy prices through the renationalization of the utility sector. READ MORE

Government cuts energy prices

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Pro-government commentators welcome the government’s plan to nationalize gas providers and reduce energy prices. The leading left-wing daily, on the other hand, cautions against what it calls anti-market measures. READ MORE

PM Orbán wants non-profit utility providers

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

A liberal conservative commentator criticizes PM Orbán’s plan to transform public utilities into non-profit businesses. According to Véleményvezér, the Premier wants to boost his support by opening up a new controversy with the EU. READ MORE

State should regulate, not dominate business

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

A conservative economist welcomes efforts by the government to increase the state’s role in overseeing markets. He warns however that the government should only get involved in the markets temporarily to restore normality, instead of becoming a permanent actor. READ MORE

The state at the Rába wheel again

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

The main pro-government daily welcomes the government’s decision to buy up the shares of the Rába automotive company, as a sign that even amidst the current financial crisis, Hungary’s leaders try to invest in the future. READ MORE