Dual citizenship for Hungary’s neighbors?

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As of 1 January 2008, the citizens of non-EU states will only be able to enter Hungary after paying for an expensive visa because Hungary joins the Schengen area on that date.

Hungarian diplomats are trying to facilitate access for the citizens of Hungary’s neighbouring countries. They are seeking the introduction of special entry permits which would be valid for up to five years for inhabitants of the border region.

The newspaper considers this too little: “Everyone knows that the problems Hungary’s accession to the Schengen zone entails can’t be solved like this... There is an alternative: individual applications for dual citizenship, as recently proposed by President László Sólyom. But at present the mere mention of dual citizenship seems to be enough to make the government tremble.” (Magyar Hírlap, courrierinternational)

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