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Government scraps home savings subsidies scheme

Friday, October 19th, 2018

A left-wing columnist lambasts the government for phasing out home savings subsidies. A pro-government commentator welcomes the decision as, in his view, the programme has benefitted banks more than families. READ MORE

MSZP’s welfare promises criticized

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

A pro-government columnist and an alt-left blogger accuse the MSZP of not helping Hungarian families enough. READ MORE

Liberal pundit lambasts Socialist welfare promises

Monday, September 25th, 2017

A liberal analyst accuses the Socialists and other left-wing parties of social demagoguery. 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

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

Government proposes wage hikes

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

A conservative commentator welcomes the government’s announcement of a six year massive wage hike cycle. He believes that this programme will increase Hungary’s competitiveness and increase the added value produced in the country. READ MORE

Ruminations on Hungary’s economic challenges

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

A left-wing sociologist thinks that the government has failed to improve welfare in Hungary. A pro-government economist contends that the Orbán government has been successful in boosting the economy and faces only ‘minor challenges’. READ MORE

The Left’s failure to promise welfare

Monday, August 15th, 2016

A left-wing columnist lambasts the Left for ignoring or even ridiculing everyday voters’ need for economic security and stability. He warns that in the absence of meaningful left-wing proposals on welfare, people will turn to right-wing populist parties. READ MORE

Left-wing dispute over unconditional basic income

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Left-wing columnists disagree whether the idea of an unconditional basic income is morally desirable or economically feasible. 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