Opposition Jobbik has called on the government to take action against an “appalling weakening” of the national currency and “help close the gap between Hungarian wages and the European average”. Jobbik deputy leader Dániel Z Kárpát said that the government’s passive stance concerning the weak currency was “deliberate” and was aimed at “helping international export producers to the detriment of ordinary Hungarians “. Z Kárpát insisted that increasing prices of imported products put a huge burden on consumers, and argued that a mobile phone could now be up to 100 euros more expensive. “The government should stop deliberately weakening the forint,” he said. Further, companies that are reluctant to increase wages and bring them closer to European levels should be excluded from central subsidies, he added.