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Navigating Tensions: Hungary’s Strained Relations with the US and its Impact on the Economy

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Viktor Orbán Visits Donald Trump as NATO Celebrations Take Place in Hungary

Historically, relations between Hungary and the United States have been tense, and this tension is reflected in Hungary’s economy. Despite the celebration of Hungary’s 25th anniversary of joining the NATO defense alliance in March, Prime Minister Viktor Orban was noticeably absent from the event at the Central European University in Budapest. The American ambassador emphasized Orbán’s commitment to a democratic future as part of the West, even though US-Hungary relations remain strained.

Around the time of the celebration, Orbán visited the United States as a guest of former President Donald Trump but did not meet with the Biden administration. The strained relationship between Hungary and the United States, as well as other EU countries, has created uncertainty in Hungary’s economy. Professor Peter Mihályi from Corvin University of Budapest noted that the United States’ displeasure with the Hungarian government is a significant factor affecting the economy. The strained diplomatic relations could also have implications in Brussels, even if not explicitly stated.

In recent years, Hungary has turned toward the East, with changing tones in Western investors’ speeches. While Germany was once a loyal investor in Hungary, with strong support from Chancellor Angela Merkel, sentiments have shifted. A survey among Germany’s industrial management showed a significant decline in trust in Hungary. 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 EU countries but has also been felt among Western investors.

Despite these challenges, Western companies are still investing in Hungary albeit with some adjustments. Transparency International highlighted that while Chinese projects have introduced a new culture of secrecy in Hungary and added additional taxes targeting foreign companies particularly those belonging to EU countries or USA investment may influence future of Hungarian economy diplomatic relations with western countries and investment climates

By Samantha Jones

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