Hungary

    • Hungarian parliament passes law to boost birth rate

      Hungarian parliament passes law to boost birth rate

      Hungarian lawmakers on Monday approved amendments to legislation necessary for the expansion of government measures supporting families with children, news wires reported. Under the measures, announced by PM Viktor Orban in February, married couples where the woman is under 40 can receive an interest-free loan of 10m forints (€31,100).

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    • Orban's Fidesz party to remain in EPP

      Orban's Fidesz party to remain in EPP

      Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff Gergely Gulyas insisted on Thursday that Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party does not intend to quit European People’s Party (EPP). “Fidesz is a member of the European People’s Party and it wants to remain a member of it,” Gulyas said.

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    • Hungary to battle low birth rate with new tax measures

      Hungary to battle low birth rate with new tax measures

      Hungarian PM Viktor Orban announced on Sunday a number of new measures aimed at tackling the low birth rate in the country, news wires reported. They include the expansion of a loan programme for families with at least two children to help them buy homes, subsidies for car purchases and waiving personal income tax for women raising at least four children.

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    • Another day of protests in Hungary against 'slave' labour law

      Another day of protests in Hungary against 'slave' labour law

      A few thousand demonstrators gathered in freezing temperatures outside Hungary's state broadcaster Monday night in a fifth day of protests against the right-wing government of PM Viktor Orban. The protests were sparked by a new labour law that in essence enables the return of a six-day work week, if an employee agrees, with overtime payments potentially unpaid for up to three years.

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    • EU demands Hungary to explain on Gruevski asylum status

      EU demands Hungary to explain on Gruevski asylum status

      Hungarian PM Viktor Orban needs to offer a “sound explanation” of his country's decision to grant political asylum to the former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahh tweeted on Wednesday. Hahn tweeted that he had seen reports about the asylum granted in Hungary. “If confirmed, I expect a sound explanation of its grounds by @Viktor_Orban,” his tweet read.

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