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Inflation approaches 5%

Friday, September 10th, 2021

A left-wing commentator accuses the government of incompetence in both forecasting and managing inflation. A government-friendly analyst, on the other hand, remarks that old age pensioners will be more than compensated for the rise in prices. READ MORE

Government announces pension rise

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

In order to compensate pensioners for higher-than-expected inflation, the government has announced pension hikes retroactive from January. READ MORE

Tentative plans for a ‘retirement bond’

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

A left-wing commentator supports the idea of a government bond that would stimulate savings to complement future old-age pensions. READ MORE

Pensions will be raised by 2.8 per cent in January

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

A left-liberal columnist thinks old age pensions should be raised by at least 3.5 per cent in 2020. READ MORE

Conservative economist calls for more subsidies for mothers

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

A conservative economist suggests that even more subsidies are needed for parents to restore traditional family values and to boost the birth rate.
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Pension hikes from January

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

According to a conservative author’s calculations, the government has practically given back the so-called 13th month pension bonus abolished by the former Socialist-Liberal coalition. READ MORE

Opposition struggles to respond to government’s welfare measures

Friday, December 9th, 2016

A liberal analyst writes that the Left is failing to react to a new series of welfare measures introduced by the government. The main problem, he suggests, is the lack of an overall message. READ MORE

MSZP and Jobbik would ease pension eligibility

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Népszava carries an angry reaction to parallel proposals from the Socialists and Jobbik which would allow men to retire after 40 or 41 years of service. The 40 year rule was introduced for women at the proposal of the Christian Democratic Party in 2010. READ MORE

PM Orbán announces pension hikes

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

A pro-government columnist welcomes the Prime Minister’s decision to increase pensions. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, accuses the government of vote hunting. READ MORE

The perils of an ageing population

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

A left-wing commentator ponders the implications of recent demographic trends, and finds it unlikely that Hungarians could work or save more in order to compensate for the increasing ratio of dependants. READ MORE