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Parászka, Boróka

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168 óra - Hungary | 10/12/2009

Băsescu mowed down his opponent

The left-liberal weekly 168 Óra analyses the background to the narrowly won re-election of Traian Băsescu as Romanian president. "Owing to the political deadlock the fate of the country has been in the hands of a caretaker government for months. The government has no power to make decisions, which is why the Romanian economy has in effect been immobilised. In this context … the election victory of the oppositional Social Democrat Mircea Geoană was regarded as a certainty. But things turned out differently. … In the last few days of the election campaign the alliance between Social Democrats and Liberals lost one election campaign battle after another. The conservative Democratic Liberal Party wooed voters with unprecedented intensity: they were in every Romanian city beating the drum for Băsescu. Băsescu, who is notorious for his aggressive style and his radical rhetoric, simply steamrollered his opponent, the career diplomat Geoană, in the runoff vote." 

168 óra - Hungary | 10/07/2009

Right-wing extremists in Romania and Hungary

After the recent success of the Romanian and Hungarian far right parties in the European elections the left-liberal weekly 168 óra compares the two: "What do the Romanian and Hungarian right-wing extremists have in common? Probably the way they exploit the media. Both in Romania and in Hungary the two parties are constantly in the public limelight. … What is the difference between the Hungarian and Romanian right-wing extremists? Strangely enough, the politics of the far right in Romania is based to a much lesser extent on racism and the fanning of ethnic tensions than that of the far right in Hungary. True, [in Romania] anti-Semitic, anti-Roma and anti-Hungarian statements are inevitably made again and again. But they are arbitrary in the sense that they are not an integral part of the policies of the Romanian far right. The success of Romania's right-wing radicals in the European elections was due to the fact that they put social tensions and fears on the agenda."

Magyar Narancs - Hungary | 05/05/2006

Good and bad neighbours

After the First World War, two thirds of what was then Hungarian territory passed over to neighbouring countries. Today, large Hungarian minorities live in Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine, with smaller numbers in Croatia, Slovenian and Austria. Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom has now initiated a series of conferences to discuss the relations between Hungarians living in Hungary and those living abroad. In support of the president, Boroka Paraszka, herself an expatriate Hungarian, confirms that the policy conducted up to now has failed. "Hungarian nationalism, which has still not been seen as a problem in Hungary, has a fatal impact. This nationalism accepts only the Hungarians living in neighbouring countries as neighbours, despite the fact that the Hungarian minority cannot be treated separately from the majority society... It's obvious Hungary's political relations with its neighbouring countries are too weak."

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