The population's sense of prosperity shows a slight improvement
According to the September 2022 survey of Századvég Konjunktúrakutató, the sense of prosperity of both the population and businesses has slightly improved after half a year of decline: on a scale between -100 and +100, the value of prosperity index increased from -26,6 to -26.3 regarding households, while it decreased from -23,4 to -24.8 regarding businesses. The decline in the indicator of businesses is still caused by the higher inflation environment induced by the Russian-Ukrainian war and the uncertainty induced by the economic sanctions, and by the higher volatility in the financial and primarily in the commodity markets. The sense of prosperity is possible to improve when the war ends, the uncertainty in the energy markets is eliminated, and lower prices develop.
Hungarians say Brussels sanctions will also bring an economic downturn after energy inflation
The latest opinion poll by Századvég investigated how Hungarians feel about Brussels' sanctions policy on Russia and its consequences. More than four-fifths (83 percent) of those surveyed believe that the sanctions imposed on Russia by Brussels and the sanctions plans could lead to a severe economic downturn in Europe by 2023.
NGOs linked to George Soros had foreign funds in abundance in 2020 as well
HCLU and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee claim the priority representation of basic human rights – and asylum rights, which, according to some, cannot be separated from them. It is reasonable to ask whether the representation of these rights fills a gap or rather achieves goals that serve other interests. While Hungary and the European Court of Justice agree that the transparency of grants provided for NGOs with a major influence on public life and public debate remains an international and constitutional interest in the future, HCLU and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, as the only anointed defenders of human rights in Hungary, are hiding behind this disguise and use significant foreign funding to carry out anti-government and political activities. Meanwhile, the Hungarian State’s argument is recognised by the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Justice as well.
The vast majority calls for peace talks as soon as possible instead of new sanctions from Brussels
Today, it has become clear that Brussels' sanctions policy, aimed at curbing Russia's military ambitions towards Ukraine, has failed and has had a crippling effect on Europe's economy and energy security. The latest research by Századvég has assessed what Hungarians think about leading politicians involved in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and about the sanctions policy in Brussels.
Russian-Ukrainian conflict – almost all planned and introduced sanctions are rejected by the Hungarians
In the context of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, the European Union has decided to impose sanctions on Russia and has further plans to put pressure on the Russian leadership. Meanwhile, it turned out that the sanctions already imposed did not live up to their expectations, instead, they have plunged EU Member States into crisis, because the attempt to disconnect from Russian energy sources has been hampered and has resulted in extreme uncertainty and increase in oil, electricity and gas prices. Századvég has examined how the adult Hungarian population feels about the European Union's sanctions policy towards Russia.