Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press Updated 11:58 am PST, Saturday, January 5, 2019 Anti-government demonstrators carry a banner reading "We protest against the slave bill" as they protest in front of the Parliament building at Kossuth square, donwtown Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. The inscription refers to a bill raising the allowable overtime to 400 hours a year passed a few weeks ago by the Parliament. (Marton Monus/MTI via AP) less Anti-government demonstrators carry a banner reading "We protest against the slave bill" as they protest in front of the Parliament building at Kossuth square, donwtown Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, Jan. 5, ... more Photo: Marton Monus, AP Photo: Marton Monus, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Anti-government demonstrators … [Read more...] about Hungary: Unions call for strike, protests over labor law
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Thousands marched in the Hungarian capital on Saturday, the latest in a series of protests that started before Christmas, against a new 'slave law'. Hungary's opposition has staged several rallies in the past weeks in Budapest and other cities against the rule of conservative nationalist Viktor Orban which they say is authoritarian. Like previous protests, Saturday's march was organized by opposition parties, trade unions and civic groups and mainly denounced the new labor law. The change to the labour law, which was passed by parliament in December, has faced intense criticism and sparked the biggest street protest in over a year. The law is dubbed 'slave law' because it could allows employers to ask staff to work two extra hours to an average work day, or the equivalent of an extra workday per week. That's up to 400 hours of overtime per year. The past weeks' anti-government rallies were also against a law that sets up new courts which critics say could be politically … [Read more...] about Thousands march in Budapest to protest Hungary’s ‘slave law’
Andras Nagy, Associated Press Updated 1:22 pm PST, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Anti-government demonstrators march across Margaret Bridge over the River Danube with the Parliament building in the background, in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Protesters are demonstrating against recent changes to the labour laws. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP) less Anti-government demonstrators march across Margaret Bridge over the River Danube with the Parliament building in the background, in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Protesters are demonstrating against ... more Photo: Balazs Mohai, AP Photo: Balazs Mohai, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Anti-government demonstrators march across Margaret Bridge over the River Danube with the Parliament building in the … [Read more...] about Hungarian govt won’t amend labor rules causing protests
When a social movement lacks clear leadership or specific aims, like the “yellow vest” protests wracking France, it’s hard to know what to make of it or where it’s heading. Pick your preferred diagnosis for the world’s ills, and you probably can find evidence on the streets of Paris. Is this about frustration with an out-of-touch elite, in this case personified by French President Emmanuel Macron? Somewhat. A globalized economy fueled by cheap labor in developing countries and financial manipulation that benefit glittering cities? Partially. Anger about efforts to combat climate change (as President Trump claims)? A bit — though not in the way Trump says it is. It probably is more accurate to think that the protests express an angst that combines elements of left and right — the Occupy and Tea Party movements. They reflect some of the same frustrations that brought us the Trump presidency and the Brexit debacle. Macron ignited the protests with … [Read more...] about In France’s ‘yellow vest’ protests, signs of a new European conservative movement?
Sep 25, 12:16 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Parisa Hafezi AND John Irish 09/24/18 AT 11:37 PM The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday agreed to keep working to maintain trade with Tehran despite skepticism this is possible as U.S. sanctions to choke off Iranian oil sales resume in November.U.S. President Donald Trump decided in May to abandon the pact and to restore economic sanctions on Iran, including those that seek to force the OPEC member's major oil customers to stop buying Iranian crude.In a statement after a meeting of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran, the group said they were determined to develop payment mechanisms to continue trade with Iran despite skepticism by many diplomats that this will be possible."Mindful of the urgency and the need for tangible results, the participants welcomed practical proposals to maintain and develop payment channels notably the … [Read more...] about Iran, Major Powers Labor To Keep Nuclear Deal Afloat