Matovič should bear in mind that Orbán courts Slovakia's Hungarians

A Dunajská Streda psychiatrist on how Hungary's PM Viktor Orbán chases after voters in Slovakia.

Psychiatrist Péter Hunčík criticises non-transparency in Orbán's subsidies. (Source: Marko Erd)

Nationalism creeps into football, the media loses its independence and cultural events turn into political rallies. This is how Péter Hunčík, a psychiatrist from Dunajská Streda, near the Hungarian border, describes what the money from the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán does in the south of Slovakia.

SkryťTurn off ads
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťTurn off ads
Article continues after video advertisement

An international group of journalists has mapped the flow of subsidies from the Viktor Orbán government to countries neighbouring Hungary. This Orbán policy has been criticised for many years. What is really wrong with a country supporting compatriots abroad?

In essence, the Hungarian government subsidises the entire Carpathian Basin, not just Slovakia and this is not a new phenomenon. As early as the 1990s, we read about cases where people carried money in plastic bags from Hungary across borders.

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and
SkryťClose ad