- 22 Apr 2021 8:32 AM
In Magyar Nemzet, Tamás Bartal quotes polls showing unfavourable trends in consumer confidence indexes in the wake of the economic difficulties caused by the Covid pandemic.
He hopes however that with falling Covid death rates and growing mass immunity, the economy may slowly get back to normal, which is bound to boost consumer confidence – well in time for the parliamentary elections a year from now. He claims that a threat to reduce EU fund transfers to Hungary was intended to undermine that process.
Bartal quotes a Bloomberg interview with European Commission Vice President Ms Věra Jourová in mid March, about her intention to hold back millions of Euros from Hungary by the end of the year.
He ends by quoting Bloomberg’s own comment at the end of the interview: ‘The timeline described by Jourová means that the new powers would be operational before Hungarian elections early next year. Orbán’s party is trailing in the polls against a united opposition and financial penalties could hurt his chances of turning that situation around.’
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