Evaluation of the year speech: no word at all on competitiveness

HUNGARY - In Brief 10 Feb 2019 by Istvan Racz

PM Orbán held his usual evaluation of the year speech today, which is his version of a state of the nation speech, delivered usually at some point around this time each year. Expectations were raised this time by official and semi-official indications, according to which the prime minister would have spoken of some structural reforms that are necessary to raise competitiveness and keep GDP growth around 4% p.a. over medium term. Indications that this would happen came from a number of sources including Mr. Orbán himself, finance minister Varga and others.However, in reality Mr. Orbán did no...

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