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Socialists ready to go to Strasbourg over private pension

Hungary’s main opposition Socialist party will go to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg if Hungary’s top court on Monday fails to overrule a law stripping people who did not return to the state system from private funds of their state pensions.

Lajos Korózs, a Socialist politician, told a news conference the Constitutional Court was expected to either fully scrap the law or annul parts of it, allowing 100,000 people who chose to stay with the private pension funds to receive state pensions.

If the court “whitewashes” the issue, however, the Socialists will launch an appeal in Strasbourg, Korózs said.