August 6, 2010
"Orban out on a limb - Hungary’s new prime minister takes on the world": page 24 of the current issue of The Economist gives an analysis of the current political situation in Hungary. The newspaper strongly criticises the methods of prime minister Viktor Orbán and his staff, especially regarding the "cleaning" of all the state institutions and companies by replacing the leaders and controlling a vast majority of the media, also by means of the new Act on Media. The Economist also mentions opinions that are comparing the Hungarian prime minister to Vladimir Putin, especially because both are trying to stabilise by power and control instead of real reforms. The article states that - even if Hungary can survive this year without the help of IMF and the EU, in the long run a debt of 70% of the GDP cannot be managed without the help of International institutions.