Hungary scraps income tax for mothers who have at least 4 kids

Blanche Robertson
February 13, 2019

"I want to make sure that the Slovakian people understand that America is engaged, we're back", he said at a brief ceremony at Slovakia's "Gate of Freedom" - a memorial on the banks of the Morava River at the Slovakian border with Austria that commemorates the 400 people killed at the borders of the former Czechoslovakia while attempting to escape the Iron Curtain between1945 and 1989.

The "Family Protection Action Plan" also promises to extend home loans to families with at least two children, give women under 40 a preferential loan upon marriage, build 21,000 nurseries across the country in three years, and provide grandparents with free childcare if they are raising their children's children.

But the top US diplomat is making push-back against Huawei a key theme of his trip to Europe this week, with additional stops in Poland, Slovakia, Belgium and Iceland.

"We're fine with companies competing, but they have got to do so in a way that's fair and open and transparent, and they can't do so with anything other than an economic motive", he said. "It also makes it more hard for America to be present", Pompeo told reporters during a stop at the US embassy, referring to Huawei equipment.

Pompeo said he hoped to reverse what he called a decade of USA disengagement in Central and Eastern Europe that created a vacuum Russian Federation and China have exploited.

Europe's left-wing has become "the gravedigger of nations, the family and the Christian way of life", Mr Orban said.

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The goal of his trip is to address the growing influence of Russian Federation and China in Central Europe. He will wrap up the tour with brief stops in Belgium and Iceland.

China has said the USA is just trying to suppress a rising competitor.

Pompeo put the blame for much of the backsliding on a lack of USA engagement. "What is imperative is that we share with them the things we know about the risks that Huawei's presence in their networks present".

Legislation approved previous year, for example, allows jail sentences for people convicted of aiding asylum-seekers.

"The meeting and the openness to the opinion of the civic groups again demonstrated that the American leadership is committed to the defense of the values of the rule of law and the role of civil society", the groups said in a statement.

Regarding Soros, Orban said it is a "widely known fact that the Hungarian opposition is an assemblage of pro-immigration politicians, which George Soros and the European bureaucrats are keeping on life support". His fiery rhetoric against migrants and refusal to join a new European Union public prosecutor's office focusing on fraud and corruption also have raised concerns.

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