The population and businesses’ sense of prosperity improved in November
According to the November 2022 survey of Századvég Konjunktúrakutató, the sense of prosperity of both the population and businesses has slightly increased: on a scale between -100 and +100, the value of prosperity index decreased from -29.9 to -26.4 regarding households, while it decreased from -26.1 to -20.7 regarding businesses. The improvement in business and population indicators is also explained by the readjusted energy prices. The sense of prosperity index remaining in the negative range is still determined by the higher inflation environment induced by the Russian-Ukrainian war and the uncertainty induced by the economic sanctions. Major turbulances in the financial, foreign exchange, and primarily in the commodity markets have also reinforced uncertainty. The sense of prosperity is possible to significantly improve when the war ends, inflation reduces, the great uncertainty in the energy markets is eliminated, and lower prices develop.
Hungarians reject U.S. interference in domestic politics
The fact that the U.S. Embassy in Hungary posted a video on its Twitter page portraying leading pro-government politicians and various public opinion leaders in a negative light, and that U.S. Ambassador David Pressman had a confidential meeting with two Hungarian judges who are members of the National Judicial Council, caused a major storm in the Hungarian public discourse. A November poll by Századvég assessed what Hungarians think of the U.S. Embassy's involvement in Hungary’s internal affairs.
The Lincoln Project, or the Trojan horse of Soros and the liberals on the American right?
A political action committee – which can raise funds from any legal source – cannot be accepted as having republican values if, immediately after its establishment, it turns against its own, in this case Donald Trump, and thus the veil has been lifted off its real aims. In addition to the fact that the infighting within Republican circles has eventually turned into a public political attack by this organization, the situation is further nuanced by the millions of dollars in support immediately coming from the left-liberal empire. The question arises as to who is the real Republican then, but in the end the political intent is clearly visible if the organization’s criticism has also reached Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Brussels is preparing for an unfair move – it would pay Ukraine while the European Commission is withholding financial assistance from Hungary and Poland
After her talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ursula von der Leyen said the leaders of Brussels propose a package of EUR 1.5 billion per month and up to EUR 18 billion in total to cover Ukraine’s financial needs next year. The President of the European Commission underlined that the European Union will support Ukraine as long as the country at war needs it. At the same time, Hungary and Poland, despite being EU Member States, have not yet had access to the EU funds that are rightfully due. In light of these developments, Századvég examined the Hungarians’ position on the financial support of Ukraine.
Hungary cannot foot the bill – public opinion rejects Brussels' plan to finance Ukraine
In a joint article published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for a 21st-century Marshall Plan, modelled on the Marshall Plan, a comprehensive aid programme provided by the United States to Western Europe after World War II, under which the European Union would launch a large-scale assistance programme to finance Ukraine's reconstruction. Von der Leyen and Scholz stressed that this is a multigenerational task that needs to start now. Századvég mapped what the Hungarian population thinks about the various forms of financial and military assistance to Ukraine, especially the idea of rebuilding the country with European – including Hungarian – taxpayers' money.