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Birth rates increase for third year

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

 A pro-government commentator praises efforts by parliament and the executive to help families with children and welcomes initiatives such as the “Marriage Week” which are aimed at halting  Hungary’s demographic decline. READ MORE

Can family subsidies reverse demographic downturn?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

A pro-government commentator takes up the defence of public subsidies and tax rebates to parents as the only means to end the dangerous drop in birth rates, given that Hungarians reject the idea of solving their demographic problems through mass immigration from the Muslim world. READ MORE

Conservative pundits on the perils of secularization

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Two conservative columnists blame secularization in Europe for inhumane political ideologies, environmental decline and the continent’s ‘inability to resist migration from the Muslim world.’ READ MORE

Housing subsidy scheme kicks off

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Two conservative economists welcome the government’s plan to reverse unfavourable demographic trends through a lavish home subsidy scheme. A left-wing analyst thinks that the government’s proposal will be available only for middle class families and will thus entrench inequality. READ MORE

House speaker encourages women to bear children

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Left-wing pundits spit fire at László Kövér, the Speaker of Parliament who said bearing children should be the most valued accomplishment in women’s lives. A conservative columnist thinks a debate on catastrophic demographic trends would be more appropriate than castigating a politician. READ MORE

Demographic lull continues

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

As the birth rate in Hungary continues to fall, despite government measures to encourage procreation, commentators cautiously wonder if some degree of immigration may prove unavoidable in the foreseeable future. READ MORE

1300 billion for rural development

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

A pro-government commentator hopes that a new programme funded by the European Union will finally halt the progressive depopulation of rural Hungary. READ MORE

Depopulating small settlements

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

A centrist commentator blames decision makers for not even trying to address the frightening “free fall” in the number of inhabitants in rural areas. READ MORE

Emigration in focus

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

A left-wing columnist accuses the Orbán government of effectively driving Hungarians with minority backgrounds and left-leaning young people out of the country. His conservative counterpart dismisses the accusations and remarks that studying or working abroad for a couple of years is part of normal life in a free country. READ MORE

How to make the pension system sustainable

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

A right-wing economist suggests that in order to make the pension system balanced for the foreseeable future, Hungary should return to traditional family-based solidarity. A conservative blogger believes that a wide public debate should be initiated about the future of the pension system. READ MORE