Cover Osteuropa 11/2007

In Osteuropa 11/2007

State, Nation, Europe
Hungary and the Foreign Hungarians

Thomas von Ahn

Deutsche Fassung


More than two million ethnic Hungarians live outside the Hungarian nation-state. Budapest counts these foreign Hungarians among the Magyar nation and feels responsible for them. In the first half of the 1990s, Budapest championed human rights in international organisations and tried to set an example based on its own rules. For several years, Hungary has also been granting the Magyars from Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia and Serbia special rights for entering and residing in Hungary. A controversial referendum on dual citizenship has failed, however. Slovak and Romanian fears of Hungari-an irredentism are therefore unfounded.

(Osteuropa 11/2007, pp. 177–194)