Bence Gaál Monday, December 10, 2018, 10:45 Nine out of 10 home loans granted in September carried a fixed rate, according to data from OTP Bank, with loans of longer interest periods the most popular in the fixed-rate category. However, due to new regulations introduced in October, the loan market may move even further towards long-term mortgage loans, OTP said in a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal. While fixed-rate home loans represented 63% of all applications at the beginning of the year, this rate had grown to 95% by September, the bank claims. Changes in trends can also be observed in interest periods, it adds. Earlier, the most popular category was loans with an interest period of less than five years. Today, the most popular loans are those with a 10-year fixed-rate period, as well as those which carry a fixed rate until the end of the loanʼs duration. Since their introduction some 18 months ago, demand for certified "consumer-friendly" … [Read more...] about Fixed-rate home loans most popular, says OTP
Aalto was considered trustworthy by 18 per cent, Halla-aho by 22 per cent and Terho by 25 per cent of the 1,500 respondents surveyed by Tietoykkönen between 12 and 17 September 2018. The respondents were asked to select any number of the chairpersons of the eight largest political parties whose statements they would be inclined to trust. Sipilä was asked about the apparent lack of public confidence in him in a debate event organised by Alma Media on Wednesday. He responded by drawing attention to the responsibility shouldered by his government. “I knew that I’d face decisions that aren’t pleasant as prime minister. I knew that support for the party and for me personally would take a hit,” he stated. “I knew all of that from the onset but thought that we have to do what has to be done.” Sipilä also questioned the popular saying that while politicians know the decisions that need to be made, they do not know how to secure re-election if … [Read more...] about Only 24% of Finns trust in what Sipilä says, finds survey by Alma Media
From controlling the media to stoking nationalism, Russian President Vladimir Putin has always known how to keep his approval ratings high. But Russians’ lives are not getting any better, especially after the latest round of Western economic sanctions – and Putin’s declining approval rating shows it. In April, the ruble was tumbling, owing partly to the sanctions imposed in response to the Kremlin’s alleged poisoning of the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter on British soil. Then, in June, just as the Russia-hosted World Cup was getting underway, the government proposed increasing the retirement age from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women, prompting an immediate public backlash. The result was a sharp 15-point decline in the approval rating of the government overall – the largest decline of Putin’s 18-year rule. Moreover, trust in Putin himself dipped to 48%, from about 60%. To put that in … [Read more...] about Has Putin’s Popularity Bubble Burst?
The North East is well known and loved for the Geordie language and dialect which is sometimes indecipherable to Southern types. Our popular sayings, words and phrases have been immortalised on TV programmes from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in the 1980s to Hebburn now, and we asked Chronicle readers to share their favourites on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments at the bottom. Before we start the list, a general key for pronouns, verbs and adverbs which are used in some of the examples but aren't good enough to make the list itself: Nee - no Dee - do Gan - go Divvin' - don't Doon - down Toon - Newcastle city centre and Newcastle United FC Propa - very, really or significantly Owa - over Neet - night Us - me 1. Geordie saying: geet walla Non Geordie translation: very, very large Usage: "There's a geet walla queue at Asda, gan to Morrisons instead, marra (see 13)". Other words meaning same thing: muckle, howfing (as in "howfing geet") 2. Geordie … [Read more...] about Geordie words: The phrases and sayings you’ll only hear someone from Newcastle say
Place Jourdan in Brussels on a summer night, packed with people cheering the Belgian 'Red Devils' football team playing England on large TV screens in bars and restaurants. Just a few hundred metres up the road, Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel was fighting another major battle. She needed to strike a compromise about Europe's future migration policy, or risk splitting her own government and potentially the European Union. The Belgians won and Merkel landed the deal. But both victories were quickly to be challenged. The real challenge is next year's European parliament elections, says Ricken Patel, founder of, Avaaz, one of the world's most influential campaigning groups, in an interview on the busy square. The 41-year old Indian-rooted, African-born, Canadian citizen with a Russian grandmother appears at the table on Thursday (28 June), in his final stop on a two-month tour around Europe in preparation for next year's European Parliament elections. "I think there is little that is … [Read more...] about [Interview] EU populists not actually that ‘popular’, says global activist