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        The state of the economy in 2019

        Monday, December 30th, 2019

        The leading pro-government dailies find Hungary’s economic performance on schedule to meet the government’s target of reaching the EU GDP average by 2032. READ MORE

        Christmas consumer spending skyrockets

        Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

        A pro-government economist interprets record end of year spending as a proof of Hungary’s prosperity. A left-wing commentator criticizes untrammelled consumerism. READ MORE

        Democracy deemed to be under growing pressure

        Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

        A leading Hungarian economist of the IMF and the World Bank predicts that discontent with democratic capitalism will increase, and people will turn against the ‘elites that betrayed them’. 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

        Public debt ratio lowest since 2008

        Friday, August 23rd, 2019

        A pro-government commentator welcomes the sinking debt ratio as strengthening Hungary’s position in international relations. READ MORE

        Chancellor Merkel meets PM Orbán

        Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

        A pro-government commentator takes Chancellor Merkel’s ‘placatory tone’ as an indication of Hungary’s increasing political weight and economic success. A left-wing pundit accuses Chancellor Merkel of compromising on core values in order to preserve economic ties between Hungary and Germany. READ MORE

        Inflation slows down, but vegetable prices surge

        Saturday, August 10th, 2019

        A left-wing analyst criticizes the National Bank for not raising the base rate despite the high inflation rate. Other economists think that higher prices are the natural result of increasing wages and a higher demand for higher quality goods. READ MORE

        Weeklies on Hungary and the EU

        Monday, July 8th, 2019

        A middle-of-the-road publication weighs the government’s chances of withstanding criticism from the EU after the election of the new European Commission. Opposition weeklies lambast the government, accusing it of widespread corruption, while a pro-government pundit thinks the government enjoys the confidence of the citizenry. READ MORE

        Government announces new ‘economy protection plan’

        Monday, June 3rd, 2019

        Economic analysts give basically positive assessments of the government’s economic action plan which is intended to prolong fast growth. Some do not expect it to produce significant novelties. READ MORE

        Hungarian growth rate first in Europe

        Friday, May 17th, 2019

        A left-wing commentator thinks that Hungary’s fast growth rate cannot be sustained. Pro-government columnists find such pessimism ungrounded and politically motivated. READ MORE