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Magyar Nemzet - Hungary | Sunday, March 22, 2015

Poor Hungarians want at least to shop on Sundays

Following a recent amendment introduced by Hungary's right-wing conservative government, shops in Hungary stayed closed for the first time on Sunday. The conservative daily Magyar Nemzet sees no advantages to shopping-free Sundays: "Hungarians don't like things being imposed on them. … Perhaps that's because the options are pretty limited here, not only for the poor, but also for the lower middle class. … Since the end of communism we have been free, but our lives are existentially confined. The Austrian pensioner is spoilt for choice trying to decide between a Mediterranean cruise or a trip to Prague while the most our Hungarian pensioners get to chose between is ham or bacon. Our politicians should know that in a society where people hardly have any options the tolerance threshold is exceedingly low."

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