Not quite a handshake. Both Slovak and Hungarian politicians, like Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar and Bela Bugar, are accused of inflaming nationalism in ordinary citizens. Slovaks and Hungarians living side by side in southern Slovakia say they co-exist peacefully together.
Myths about Slovakia's Hungarian minority refuse to die, even though they are divorced from the reality of life in towns in southern Slovakia. Far too little attention is paid to those ordinary citizens who claim that Slovaks and Hungarians are living side by side in peace. In this three part series, The Slovak Spectator looks to find out what is myth and what is reality in relations between Slovaks and Hungarians.
20. Nov 1997 at 0:00