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Világgazdaság - Hungary | 17/06/2015

Iron Curtain against refugees

The plans for the construction of a new Iron Curtain are an overreaction and completely unjustified, writes the business paper Világgazdaság: "In a country where the fall of the Iron Curtain serves as a symbol for the end of dictatorship, putting it back up is a particularly telling decision. ... The Iron Curtain is the most drastic solution to the refugee problem. But it only makes sense to erect it if it can provide a true solution. ... The 175-kilometre border fence is a completely exaggerated reaction to the otherwise real problem of illegal migration. ... It is not at all justified by the current number of migrants. And by the looks of it the fence will be incredibly expensive."

Világgazdaság - Hungary | 13/10/2014

Orbán consolidating state capitalism

After the parliamentary elections in April the right-wing conservative Fidesz party also won a landslide victory in the municipal elections on Sunday. The liberal business paper Világgazdaság expects further expansion of state capitalism in Hungary: "There's a method behind the economic policy of Viktor Orbán's government. ... Among its highest priorities is the expansion of state capitalism. In recent years this was the guiding principle that determined all the steps taken by the government regarding the economy and economic policy. ... Orbán's government believes it can solve the glaring problems of the Hungarian market economy by extending the role of the state. It only trusts itself, and is only at peace when it can act as both player and referee. And all this goes hand in hand with a sweeping centralisation in both the economic and the social spheres."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 17/09/2013

Budapest must not fix firewood price

After the Hungarian government announced that it would lower ancillary residential costs again by 11.1 percent by November 1, it now wants to lower the price of firewood and coal as well. An idiotic measure, the left-liberal daily Népszabadság writes: "It's simply impossible to set the price for firewood officially. ... Such an idea can only come from people who've never bought firewood. Because anyone who has knows that there's no point trying to fix the price by official directive. ... The price of electricity, gas and water, for example, can easily be regulated, but not the price of firewood. Just remember that there are innumerable types of wood you can use for heating: acacia, oak, beech, hornbeam, to name just the most important ones. Not only can these types of wood be sold in various forms - for example as logs or chopped - but also in a number of different sizes."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 01/12/2008

Layoffs in Hungary

Following last Friday's announcement that over 3,000 jobs are to be axed in Hungary's automotive industry the liberal newspaper Népszabadság comments on the economic crisis: "Little did we imagine when US investment bank Lehman Brothers went bankrupt that just over two months later more than 3,000 people would lose their jobs here in Hungary. ... The economic crisis is by nature unstoppable. ... The second wave of the crisis has now spread to our region. ... Over the past 15 years Central and Eastern Europe has developed into an XXL Detroit on the global map of the car industry. As long as the car market was booming this was a cause for joy. The sudden downturn in sales is now dragging the whole economy down with it. Hungary's economy literally depends on its engines: Once they start spluttering there is nothing that can replace them within a short period of time."

Népszabadság - Hungary | 10/10/2007

The Hungarian parliament passes the "Lex Mol"

To prevent its national champion in the energy sector, Mol, from being taken over by Austria's OMV, the Hungarian parliament has passed a law aimed at protecting companies against foreign takeovers. Levente Tóth criticises the "Lex Mol": "For a long time now the government and parliament have been dancing to the tune that best pleases Mol. But the real issue here is who will end up controlling the oil business in the entire region, and our government as well as the opposition can now hope for praise from the management at Mol. It's about time that Mol gave us something in return for all these favours."

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