Some in Hungary may have appreciated the honesty contained in Ferenc Gyurcsany’s leaked private comments, but many want him and his party out of office. His scathing appraisal of the Socialists’ performance and Hungary’s economic plight has however prompted some to take violent action. Hungary’s Deputy Police chief said:
“These people are all younger and can be compared to typical football hooligans in Europe”.
Some press comment has suggested the Prime Minister may even benefit from the leak, as it has allowed the truth on the economy to come out and be adressed. However, disillusionment with the entire political class is widespread, and some feel the country has yet to fully emerge from its postwar Communist past:
The bitter truth for Hungarians, the vast majority of whom are keen for the country to join the euro currency as soon as possible, is that state finances are way outside European Union rules. The budget deficit is over 10 percent of GDP instead of three, and inflation could hit six percent next year. If this does not change, the planned 2010 date for joining the single currency will be missed.