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Uncertainty in Hungary’s Economy: A Strained Relationship with the United States

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
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Historically, relations between Hungary and the United States have been strained, and this tension is reflected in Hungary’s economy. Despite this, Western companies are still investing in Hungary, albeit with some adjustments. In recent years, Hungary has turned towards the East, with changing tones in the speeches of Western investors. While Germany was once a loyal investor in Hungary, with strong support from Chancellor Angela Merkel, sentiments have shifted. Some foreign investors, like an Austrian company affiliated with Spar, have publicly expressed dissatisfaction with how foreign investors are treated in Hungary. This discontent has not just been limited to the EU countries but has also been felt among Western investors.

In March, Hungary marked 25 years since joining the NATO defense alliance. The celebration at the Central European University in Budapest was attended by the American ambassador, local democracy advocates, researchers, professors, and former ministers. Notably absent from the event was Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who had led Hungary’s entry into NATO in 1999. The American ambassador emphasized Orbán’s commitment to a democratic future as part of the West, even though US-Hungary relations remain strained.

Despite these challenges, Transparency International highlighted that the investment climate has not seen drastic changes; foreign companies are adapting to the situation. However, Chinese projects have introduced a new culture of secrecy in Hungary. While the hostile attitude toward EU countries and the USA has not extended to the business sector, Hungary has introduced additional taxes targeting foreign companies. The future of Hungary’s economy may be influenced by its diplomatic relations with Western countries and investment climates.

The strained relationship between Hungary and the United States creates uncertainty in Hungary’s economy as well as other EU countries.

Professor Peter Mihályi from Corvin University of Budapest noted that the United States’ displeasure with

By Samantha Jones

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