Taxes on soap, alcohol among Hungary's latest levies

Hungarian lawmakers on Tuesday approved new taxes on soap, alcohol, advertising and supermarkets, the latest in a series of unorthodox levies put forward by controversial Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The new measures came after a proposed Internet tax on downloads was shelved last month following major protests. The European Commission, the EU’s executive, has repeatedly criticised Hungary’s special taxes, saying they negatively affect growth and warning that investment has declined in taxed sectors. The right-wing Orban, who took office in 2010, has sought the special taxes in an effort to reduce Hungary’s deficit.

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