Thursday, June 11, 2009

The dramatic crash that is Hungary

The fall in GDP in Hungary is staggering. To an extent the fall for other countries is dramatic, but the thing to consider is how many years it will take to rise back to the overall economic level that existed in 2007. If we have a significant drop in GDP this year and in 2010 (even if it stays flat), the ability for Hungarians to reach parity with Western Europeans is even that much further out. That is unless they fall further behind Hungary - which just maybe shouldn't be discounted.