Economy

Hungary’s economy in 2018: unemployment down, wages up and GDP growth among EU’s leading economies

Once dismissed as “unorthodox,” economic policy in Hungary has helped an economy once on the brink of default to make a dramatic turnaround. The economic success story continued in 2018 as the country approaches the second highest GDP growth in the EU, along with record-low unemployment rate and rising wages. As we approach the end of the year, here’s a quick summary.

Hungary’s jobless rate has fallen to record lows. The average, three-month jobless rate has dipped to 3.7 percent. In November, for the first time, the number of people employed in Hungary exceeded four and a half million,…

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Editorial December 11, 2018

Migration

Double trouble: visas and debit cards for migrants?

Handing out visas and passing out debit cards filled with EU money are just the latest in the pro-immigration EP majority’s plan to “manage” migration by permitting even more migrants in Europe. 

“Hundreds of thousands of Europeans are looking for more information, information that the European Commission is so eager to conceal,” Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch said at a press conference two weeks ago after submitting a list of 12 questions to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker regarding the proposal to distribute debit cards.

Specifically, the proposal calls for handing out anonymous debit cards to migrants. The debit cards would apparently be…

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Editorial November 27, 2018

Editorial

The Europe of sovereign nations

It is our duty to counteract utopian, anti-national, globalist aspirations; restore respect, nationality, and sovereignty to ensure Europe’s global role.

The European Union is facing a crisis that it has never before faced in its 60 years of existence. This crisis affects the most critical components of its operation, including questions of security, strategies for the future, and values.

Let’s be honest: a stable European Union can only be built on strong Member States, and the European Union must change to emerge from this crisis. Today, the European Union is not built on collaboration and equality, but on sanctions.

The ones that…

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Editorial October 10, 2018

European People's Party

MEP Deutsch: Manfred Weber suffers from ‘political Stockholm syndrome’

In an exclusive interview with Hungarian news portal azonnali.hu following the European Parliament’s decision to adopt the Sargentini Report, Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch talked about the questionable circumstances of the vote and explained why he thinks the EPP group leader suffers from ‘political Stockholm syndrome’.

Recently, the European Parliament adopted a resolution based on the so-called Sargentini Report condemning Hungary. According to MEP Tamás Deutsch, the outcome of the vote violates rules laid out in the founding treaties of the European Union. The document is factually unfounded, full of obvious distortions and influenced by a strong anti-Hungary bias,…

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September 24, 2018

European People's Party

Bundestag VP: “The EP mistrusts Hungarians”

The adoption of the Sargentini Report in the European Parliament (EP) demonstrates mistrust towards Hungarian people, said Bundestag VP Hans-Peter Friedrich following the plenary vote on the EP’s report condemning Hungary.

In an interview with Hungarian state media, the Bavarian Christian Social Union politician emphasized that even though “a great majority” of Hungarian people have put their trust in the government, the EP demonstrated mistrust towards PM Orbán’s government. “Therefore,” Friedrich said, “this carries the message of mistrust towards Hungarian voters and Hungarian democracy.” According to the German MP, this is a “very bad” development. He was disappointed by the…

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September 24, 2018

European People's Party

The European Parliament committed a huge mistake

Following the EP vote on the controversial Sargentini Report last week, a diverse group of influential politicians raised their voices in protest against condemning Hungary.

“By punishing Hungary, the EP has committed one of its biggest mistakes to date,” the German CDU’s Arnold Vaatz said, adding that he regrets that many of his fellow party members participated in “the orchestrated offense against Hungary.” According to Vaatz, the effect of the EP’s decision will be devastating, as eastern member states are increasingly looking for ways to turn away from the EU without major financial losses.

Petr Fiala, Vice-President of the Czech Republic’s…

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September 24, 2018

Migration

PM Orbán: Illegal migrants should be stopped not only on land but also at sea

Hungary’s position on illegal migration, which makes strong borders the first priority, has long been at odds with the approach of some in Brussels, who put more emphasis on providing “better management of migration,” rather than stopping it.

On a recent official visit to Milan, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán reaffirmed his position on illegal migration stating that “Hungary is being attacked because it has proven that borders can be protected, while Brussels said that migrants cannot be stopped and must be allowed to enter”. The Visegrád Group of countries want to stop illegal migration altogether.

In this regard, PM Orbán has…

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Editorial August 16, 2018

V4

The Visegrád Group stands united in the European Union

While the term of the Hungarian presidency of the Visegrad Group may have seen some political turbulence in the V4 countries, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland,

Hungary’s political stability and leadership on key issues important to the group enabled Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to address the issues of its neighboring V4 countries effectively, ultimately strengthening the position of all within the European Union.

“The Hungarian presidency of the group,” said Márton Ugrósd, director of the Hungarian Foreign Policy and Trade Institute (KKI), “was marked by last autumn’s political difficulties in the Czech Republic (difficulties in forming a new government), a new…

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August 10, 2018

Europe

We want a more effective European Citizens’ Initiative

Press release by György Schöpflin

“The European Citizens’ Initiative is by far the most attractive way for citizens to send their ideas and aspirations for change to the European Commission and the EU as a whole. The new regulations will make this smoother and more effective, and it only remains for the Commission to administer the ECI in a constructive spirit”, said György Schöpflin MEP, author of the Report, after a reform of the European Citizens’ Initiative Regulation was adopted today by the Constitutional Affairs Committee.

The European Citizens’ Initiative is a way for citizens to shape Europe by inviting the…

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György Schöpflin June 21, 2018

Commemoration

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s speech at a conference held in memory of Helmut Kohl

16 June 2018, Budapest

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen, President Spengler, President Zoltán Balog,

I have agreed on a division of labour with Zoltán Balog: I will speak frankly and with no holds barred, while afterwards he will apologise to the audience for this.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

For my part I shall keep to the agreement. Nowadays Europe’s vital signs show it to be in a state of feverish agitation. Many things are in motion at once: the warning signs of a trade war with the United States; armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia; a new form of politics in Italy on the…

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June 21, 2018