Hungary Tells IMF to Take a Hike Over Bailout Terms

Hungary Just Flipped The Bird To The IMF Over Bailout Terms

Matthew Boesler | Sep. 6, 2012, 10:32 AM
Hungarian premier Viktor Orbán just announced in a video statement on his Facebook page that Hungary is rejecting the conditions proposed by the IMF over a government bailout.

Hungary is one of central Europe’s most heavily indebted countries with a government debt-to-GDP ratio of around 80 percent, and the country sought a financial aid from the IMF to ease funding pressures, much like many of the troubled periphery countries in the eurozone.

The move by Orbán is indicative of rising hostility toward austerity measures attached to aid conditions in Europe as the euro area plunges into recession.

Here is the backdrop for the aid talks, via Reuters this morning:

The International Monetary Fund is seeking cuts in Hungary’s pensions, family benefits and an increase in personal income tax in return for a financing deal, the daily Magyar Nemzet reported on Thursday without revealing its sources.

The demands would collide head-on with the economic policies advanced by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has stabilized the budget with unconventional measures such as Europe’s highest bank tax, which the newspaper also said the IMF wants scrapped..

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