POLITICS & POLICY
France – Protests: Labour law reform
Thousands of people have demonstrated against the French labour reform in Paris over the past few weeks. Although turnout was high, demonstrations weakened on Thursday due to school and university holidays. Nonetheless, strike actions prevented the printing of daily newspapers and slowed down flight traffic at Orly. Philippe Martinez, a trade union leader, was to meet the organizers of the Nuit Debout (Up All Night) on Thursday.
Source: Rfi, 28/04/2016
Slovakia – Brexit: Petition
A number of Slovak MPs have launched a petition in order to show the UK their support for the country to remain in the European Union. The petitioning MPs believe that Brexit would cause major financial and social problems not only in the UK but also in other member states. As MP Viskupic put it, “we want to send a message that it’s of our utmost interest that Britain stays in the UK”.
Source: The Slovak Spectator, 28/04/2016
Greece – Debt crisis: Progresses
Greece’s lenders have declared that significant progress has been made regarding the bailout review that can prepare debt sustainability discussions. The European Commission, the European Central Bank, the IMF and the European Stability Mechanism stated that they will continue to cooperate with the Greek government on the final details of the policy package in order to close the first review of the third bailout.
Source: Ekathimerini, 28/04/2016
“We benefit, though, from the single market, making our economy bigger, creating jobs and more tax revenue. We get back much more overall than we put in. I think our membership fee is worthwhile. (…) I would argue that is good for them but also good for us to create a new middle-class of customers in Poland or the Czech Republic or Slovakia, and see their housing sector grow – they are going to buy more Caterpillars.”
David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
Source: The Guardian, 28/04/2016
The number of new jobs in Hungary compared to last year.
Source: Bbj, 28/04/2016
HUF 2.46 trillion
The amount of back taxes that businesses and Hungarian individuals owed the government at the end of March.
Source: Bbj, 29/04/2016
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