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Hungarian lawmakers ban Sunday shopping to boost family togetherness
Hungarian lawmakers ban Sunday shopping to boost family togetherness

Hungarian lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill that will ban most shopping on Sundays, casting the move as insurance that families will have more time together. But in a country struggling with 10.5% unemployment and modest income levels even a quarter of a century after the end of communist rule, the bill limiting retail activity is likely to come in for some popular resentment if, as retailers warn, it results in layoffs and a drop in tax revenue. The law reminiscent of postwar Western European restrictions against shopping on the Christian Sabbath is the political brainchild of Hungary's Christian Democratic People's Party, the junior partner in coalition with Prime Minister...

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