What do you expect from 2012?
Fiscal stability was satisfactory last year. Due to the plundering of the private pensions, the budget could be balanced. Also, we have a successful year behind us in agriculture, so growth could be maintained. Unfortunately for the Orbán government, these two factors will not help them in 2012. This means that they have to come clean now. The moment of truth has arrived.
What will be the impact on the people?
It depends on how the government will carry out its economic policy in 2012. Fundamentally, our situation is better than that of other member states regarding the budget deficit. The main problem is the credibility of the administration. We need to start negotiations with the IMF as soon as possible. There are two scenarios. The first is an optimistic one, in which the government carries out a sensible fiscal policy, and of which the result will be a stable currency. If this happens, the banks will grant credit. The second option is that the government continues its current policy, in which case we are as good as bankrupt. I hope that the government will realize that uncomfortable economic decisions cannot be avoided.
What are the chances of an agreement with the IMF?
We could be in for a really hard time unless we agree with the IMF. The burden for the government would be too much to handle, so I believe that there will be an agreement at one point.
Can the EU get rid of Viktor Orbán?
This topic has become very popular lately. I think that the fundamentals of our policies towards the European Union rest on professional work rather than on the person of the prime minister. Getting rid of the present government will be a matter for the Hungarians.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 January 2012 06:46