Orbán: Autonomy for ethnic Hungarians


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that Hungarians supported his policies of uniting the nation “beyond the borders”. The prime minister also stated that the country would stand up for its rights within the European Union and would seek autonomy for ethnic Hungarians living elsewhere in central Europe.

“Hungarians living in the Carpathian basin are entitled to have dual citizenship, are entitled to community rights, and also autonomy.” He also insisted that he had never suggested the reuniting of the lost territories of Hungary despite the fact that neighboring nations have been annoyed by his ideas.

Hungary’s PM emphasized the crucial situation of 200,000 ethnic Hungarians living in neighboring Ukraine who are entitled to the right of self-administration as well as to Hungarian citizenship. “This is our clear expectation from the new Ukraine which is taking shape now,” he added concluding that Hungarians also support his efforts to build a democratic Ukraine.

Many Hungarians consider the 1920 Treaty of Trianon a national tragedy, as the country lost approximately two-thirds of its territory, and millions of ethnic Hungarians were left living outside the borders of what remained of Hungary.


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