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Népszabadság - Hungary | Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hungary needn't hold Sundays sacred

Citing the bible, which prohibits work on Sundays, the right-wing conservative ruling party Fidesz on Tuesday passed a law stipulating that businesses that occupy premises larger than 200 square metres and the branches of retail chains must stay closed on Sundays. The left-liberal daily Népszsbadság criticises this justification: "Citing the bible may testify to a noble stance but there's a slight problem. We would like to point to the prohibition in the Old Testament, which refers to the Sabbath (Saturday) and has nothing to do with Sunday. Furthermore banning free trade on Sundays runs contrary to national tradition in Hungary. The Hungarians have traded on Sundays for centuries. ... And another thing: the work-free Sunday doesn't extend either to Hungary's casinos or to the factories of German carmakers [Audi, Mercedes and Opel]."

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