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Hungarian Inflation Soars, Could Peak at Higher Level than Seen Earlier

Aug 12, 2022

Hungarian consumer prices rose the most since 1998 on the back of soaring food costs. Analysts believe that inflation may exceed 20% as energy subsidies fade the war in Ukraine continues unabated. Hungarian inflation accelerated at the fastest pace in almost a quarter century in July, taking a heavy toll on household’s purchasing power and […]

Hungary set to slip into recession

Jul 29, 2022

Skyrocketing consumer prices, the looming energy crisis and the aggressive tightening of monetary conditions point in the direction of Hungary entering recession, according to economists. The country’s GDP growth will remain feeble next year as well. Hungary’s economy faces multiple risks of which some are triggered by international developments while others relate to domestic issues. […]

Hungarian Foreign Minister in Moscow to ask for more Russian gas

Jul 22, 2022

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó travelled to Moscow to negotiate more gas imports from Russia as Hungary braces for a tumultuous winter heating season. Hungary has been a vocal critic on the European Union’s embargo on Russian energy sources, saying a swift decoupling from Russian energy would undermine the country’s economy. Hungary’s foreign minister arrived […]

Hungarian forint: a glance at the reasons for the selloff

Jul 8, 2022

The Hungarian forint has been one of the weakest performing currencies worldwide amid an international selloff. Despite government reassurances that the fundamentals of the Hungarian economy are strong and sound, the forint remain under massive pressure. Diplomacy&Trade takes a look at the specific reasons behind the forint’s underperformance and how the currency’s weakness threatens the […]

Hungary Delivers Steepest Rate Hike Since 2008 Global Crisis

Jul 1, 2022

The National Bank of Hungary delivered the biggest rate cut since 2008, surprising the markets with the size of the move. The monetary decision came after the forint weakened to levels never seen before. The Hungarian central bank raised the base interest rate by 185 basis points to 7.75% this week and policy makers aligned […]

Hungary Opens New Front in Battle with EU over Minimum Tax Rate

Jun 24, 2022

Hungary’s finance minister vetoed an EU directive on a global minimum corporate tax, leaving the outgoing French EU Presidency without its crown achievement. The move is seen as yet another front in Hungary’s standoff with the bloc. Hungarian Finance Minister Mihály Varga blocked a European Union initiative to implement a global minimum corporate tax rate […]

Hungary Delivers Unexpected Rate Hike as Forint Weakens to Record Level

Jun 17, 2022

The National Bank of Hungary surprised markets when it unexpectedly raised the key interest rate as monetary policy setters seek to put a floor under the sliding forint. In the face of double-digit inflation and massive wage increases, the central bank has to keep raising borrowing costs to keep Hungarian financial assets competitive. The National […]

Hungary’s Goal of Carbon Neutrality May Be an Economic Blessing

Jun 10, 2022

Despite significant costs, achieving the climate target of zero emissions by 2050 may prove a competitive advantage for Hungary, according to a recent study by McKinsey. The analysis outlines a path that will have a clear positive impact not only on climate protection objectives, but also on economic growth, job creation, energy independence and Hungary's […]

Hungary Wins Exemption from EU Embargo of Russian Oil

Jun 3, 2022

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was granted a near-total exemption from the European Union’s embargo on Russian oil. Although the premier hails it as a great victory achieved in Brussels, the exemption may only deepen the rift between the bloc and Hungary. EU leaders agreed this week to grant Hungary a near-total exemption from a […]

Hungary seeks domestic ownership in key sectors, may levy special taxes

May 20, 2022

Hungary’s incoming government faces some of the biggest economic challenges of the last decade as rampant energy prices may force it to abandon state-imposed price caps, while global disruptions are denting prospects for growth. The new Orbán government may again deploy unorthodox economic measures to guard fiscal stability and prop up the economic outlook. Prime […]

Hungary Upholds Refusal of Russian Oil Ban amid Growing EU

May 13, 2022

Hungary is opposing the European Union’s proposal for a gradual ban on Russian oil imports, with Budapest claiming the plan would be equivalent to dropping an A-bomb on the country’s economy. Meanwhile, tensions are on the rise within the bloc as a handful of dissenting member states are holding up action on a new package […]

Europe’s Future beyond the Energy Crisis

May 6, 2022

The war in Ukraine has brought to the forefront one of Europe’s most pressing vulnerabilities: its reliance on Russian energy. Although European leaders have shown great resolve in their initial response to the war in Ukraine, the solution of weaning the continent off Russian energy dependence is not immediately clear or painless. A similarly pressing […]

Hungary’s Top Banker Sees Need for Severe Austerity Measures

Apr 29, 2022

Sándor Csányi, chairman of Hungary’s largest commercial bank OTP, warned that the Hungary needs a budget adjustment of up to HUF 1,700 billion. The war in the Ukraine, international energy prices and the outcome of Hungary’s standoff with the European Union will decide the exact extent and nature of the budget adjustment, according to Csányi. […]

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