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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

Referendum on old age pension after 40 years in employment

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

A left-wing commentator disagrees with the idea that men, like women, should be allowed to retire after 40 years of fixed employment and contributions.

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Call for a pension system reform

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

A conservative columnist thinks that Hungary has no choice but to raise the retirement age, otherwise the pension system will become insolvent. READ MORE

Retirement accounts – the price of a hasty promise

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

A left-wing paper and an independent liberal commentator both excoriate the government for going back on its promise to create individual retirement accounts for those citizens who transferred their compulsory retirement savings to the national social security system. 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

Government accused of nurturing sacred cows

Friday, December 28th, 2012

A conservative liberal blogger looking back on the past year contends that despite efforts aimed at a wholesale reform, the government has failed to discontinue some unfortunate practices. READ MORE

No individual accounts in state pension fund

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

A left-wing and a centrist commentator accuse the government of not fulfilling its promise to introduce individual accounts into the state pension system. The promise was made two years ago, at the time of what critics called the factual nationalization of the compulsory private pension savings. READ MORE

Government aims at a new baby boom

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

A left-wing daily believes that the government’s plans to stimulate birth rates by helping mothers get back to work and retire earlier will prove ineffective. It suggests that instead of helping middle class families, the government should focus rather on the poor in order to improve Hungary’s disastrous demographic lull. READ MORE

No ruling by the Constitutional Court on pension funds

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Népszabadság accuses the Constitutional Court of cowardice for failing to rule, at its final session of the year, on complaints over the de facto nationalisation of the compulsory private pension funds. READ MORE

Historical justice, or a blunt tool with which to beat Socialists?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A left-wing commentator believes that the government wants to stigmatize the Socialists by establishing in law that the Socialist Party (MSZP, the successor of the Communist  MSZMP), shares responsibility for the crimes of the pre-1989 regime. A right-wing observer, however, welcomes the proposal and suggests that victims of the Communist era should be compensated. READ MORE