NEW YORK— The Hungarian capital of Budapest is struggling.
The Hungarian government is struggling, with a new president who wants to take a tough line on migrants, and a president who is pushing to strengthen the country’s economy, especially by diversifying its energy sector.
With a population of around 1.3 million, Hungary has become a magnet for migrants and refugees.
But the government is not yet on track to meet the goals set by the World Bank for economic growth and development this year.
The Hungarian economy is expected to shrink by 6% this year, compared with 3.6% in 2015.
The president of Hungary, Viktor Orban, says the country must focus on attracting investment, not building walls.
The country has tried to diversify its energy portfolio with wind turbines and solar panels, but that is not working.
Hungarian energy company NGL has suspended operations in Hungary for a week because of low demand, and the government has announced plans to shut down the countrys only hydroelectric power plant by the end of the year.
It is not just the government that has been struggling.
In 2016, the European Union suspended Hungary’s accession to the bloc.
Its new president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said that the bloc must do more to protect Hungarian interests.
But Hungary’s partners in the EU say it is not necessary to suspend membership talks with the bloc to achieve those goals.
The European Commission says the Hungarian government’s stance is unacceptable.
“We believe that this is not a solution,” said spokeswoman Elena Molnar.
“It does not help, it does not address the underlying causes of the crisis, which are too deep and too fundamental.”
The EU is also not interested in paying Hungary to join the bloc, she said.
“We have asked them to take this step, but they haven’t,” Molnara said.
The government says it needs EU funding for the new projects.
But it has asked the bloc not to pay any more money until Hungary has passed a financial and structural adjustment program.
That program is set to be released this week.
The EU says it is a political issue.
“The EU does not accept that Hungary should be granted a financial package without first providing a meaningful restructuring program,” the commission said in a statement.
“In particular, Hungary’s position should not be dependent on the conditions set by Brussels.”