A group of Slovak MEPs criticised Slovakia's ethnic-Hungarian SMK party during a debate in the European Parliament.
"Over the past 50 years, the Slovak minority in Hungary, which numbered more than 200,000 people, has disappeared, while the Hungarian minority in neighbouring countries including Slovakia has grown. These are Hungarians who are trying to persuade Europe that groups of their fellow countrymen in other countries are oppressed,” MEP Sergej Kozlík from the ĽS-HZDS. "Several current Hungarian political leaders openly speak of the idea of a Greater Hungary and, unfortunately, European political leaders do not seem to be paying attention to their words. The Hungarian parliament has organised the Forum of MPs of the Carpathian Basin. The ethnic-Hungarian parties in Slovakia and Romania are speaking of autonomy. In a modern Europe, such views are unacceptable and dangerous.”
His colleague, Irena Belohorska, shares his opinion. She pointed out that "the Slovak minority in Hungary was cruelly assimilated." On the other hand, the Hungarian minority in Slovakia enjoys "a unique status." She called the establishment of the Forum of MPs of the Carpathian Basin a provocation and absurd in the 21st century. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. Oct 2008 at 7:00