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Germans and Hungarians trust each other, with 80% willing to have the other national as a friend or relative, while 70% would accept them as a boss, a survey conducted by the Nézőpont Institute shows. Two-thirds of Germans had a positive view of Hungary, while approval of Germany has grown substantially among Hungarians since 2019, from 45% to 72%, Nézőpont said, explaining the large difference in terms of “the improvement of cooperation” between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Chancellor Angela Merkel, and “the failure of the mandatory migrant quota initiative”.
Nézőpont’s analysis of 8,750 articles published in the German media since 2016, however, showed that only 221 were sympathetic to the Hungarian government. Fully 3,757 attacked Hungary’s administration or depicted it one-sidedly, the survey said. Only 36% of German respondents thought Hungary’s media were allowed to criticise the government, and 23% said the Hungarian government protected the rights of national and ethnic minorities. On the other hand, 61% of Hungarians said German media could criticise the government and 57% said Germany was protective of minority rights, Nézőpont said.
Fully 33% of Germans and 60% of Hungarians thought bilateral ties were good, while 75% of Hungarians and 67% of Germans said they should be further improved. According to 51% of Hungarians, the focus of cooperation should be on economic policy, while German respondents said cooperation should centre on migration and climate policy (48% and 37%, respectively). The survey was conducted with representative samples of 1,000 Germans and 1,000 Hungarians, with the cooperation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Polgári Magyarországért Foundation.