Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Slovakia expresses outrage over Hungarian foreign minister’s statements

Slovakia's Foreign Affairs Ministry on Thursday, September 17, summoned Hungarian Ambassador to Slovakia Antal Heizer in order to convey Slovakia's outrage and Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák's personal annoyance over Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Péter Balázs' statements to the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, ministry spokesman Peter Stano announced.

Slovakia's Foreign Affairs Ministry on Thursday, September 17, summoned Hungarian Ambassador to Slovakia Antal Heizer in order to convey Slovakia's outrage and Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák's personal annoyance over Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Péter Balázs' statements to the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, ministry spokesman Peter Stano announced.

The Slovak ministry said it considers the statements published in Thursday's issue of the paper, in which Balázs' is quoted referring to Slovakia as a “younger brother that needs to be taught European manners” and comparing Slovakia to Romania under the Ceausescu's dictatorship, to be unacceptable.

The ministry described the statements by Balázs as inexplicable, especially after the meeting between the two countries’ premiers in the Hungarian town of Szécsény last week during which a joint 11-point proclamation emerged that was supposed to lead to progress in improving mutual relations, and following the visit of OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Knut Vollebaek to Slovakia on Wednesday and mutual acceptance of his recommendations concerning the controversial State Language Act.

The Slovak Foreign Ministry said it is not appropriate for a Hungarian representative to give lessons on behaviour to Hungary’s partners and allies in the European Union. Instead, Lajčák asked them to focus on what the citizens of the two countries, as well the European Union, expect from Slovakia and Hungary. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Gilden: Take the negative and make a positive from it Photo

The works of New York native, photographer Bruce Gilden, who has worked for five decades in the streets of the biggest cities, are on exhibit in the Kunsthalle (House of Arts) in Bratislava.

Bruce Gilden: Feast of San Gennero, Little Italy, 1984.

The ongoing struggle for a free and democratic Slovakia

The people of Slovakia deserve the credit for the remarkable progress that this country has made over the past twenty-five years, US ambassador writes.

Illustrative stock photo

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 24 and December 3, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Christmas Markets Bratislava

Robert Fico has lost the electoral magic he once had Plus

But his party can still bounce back if they do the things that make parties resilient.

Robert Fico claims that Smer won the regional elections because it is the party with the most chairs in regional councils.