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Hungarians Have High Opinion of Germany

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.01.22.
Hungarians have a high opinion of Germany and they strongly support boosting Hungarian-German relations, analysts said at a conference focusing on perceptions of Germany in Hungary.

Citing an October 2018 survey, Dániel Nagy, chief researcher at the pro-govt Nézőpont Research Institute, said on Tuesday that 54 percent of respondents tended to view Germany favourably while 32 percent tended to hold a negative view.

The proportion of Hungarians who viewed bilateral ties as good went up to 62 percent last year from 56 percent in 2017, Nagy noted, citing a phone survey by Nézőpont.

The opinion of Hungarians particularly improved concerning economic relations, with the proportion of respondents expressing a favourable view going up to 69 percent from 62 percent, he said.

He noted that 42 percent of Hungarians see bilateral ties as benefitting both countries, whereas 25 percent thought Germany reaped the benefits to a greater extent.

Asked about migration, 68 percent of respondents agreed with the Hungarian government’s policies and 73 percent disagreed with those of the German government, Nagy said.

Ágoston Sámuel Mráz, the head of the institute, said that Hungary is a dedicated supporter and “the greatest friend” of Germany.

“Migration has however weighed on bilateral relations over the past years,” he said.

Commenting on the issue of migration, Zoltán Balog, the head of the Foundation for Civic Hungary who is the former minister of human resources, said the issue was greeted with much greater sensitivity in central European countries, which had been unable to exercise their sovereignty for a long time, than in countries that had no experience of communism. “Many countries lack understanding of what it is like when those with the final word impose something which has nothing to do with our culture,” he added.

featured image via Nézőpont Ins.

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