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Tangled Relationships: US-Hungary Tensions Affect Economy, Investment and Foreign Policy

BySamantha Nguyen

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 strained, and this tension is reflected in Hungary’s economy. Despite this, Western companies continue to invest in Hungary, albeit with some adjustments. 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.

In recent years, Hungary has turned toward 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. 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. 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

By Samantha Nguyen

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