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Re: [Slovak-World] Ethnic citizenship

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  • William C. Wormuth
    Martin, You are correct and your points clearly expressed.   fasctorsThere are so very many contributing that it is difficult to see a solution to the
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 20, 2010

      You are correct and your points clearly expressed.   fasctorsThere are so very many contributing that it is difficult to see a solution to the problem.

      your comment  3/4 of  the Hungarian population think communist life was better is not a new comment.  For a few years after the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia, I heard that comme4nt quite often but mostly from older people who needed such services as transport to doctor appointments etc...but they always followed that "At least we can....." , meaning that they really did appreciate the change.
      In recent years, the complaining stopped.  Of course I am speaking of Western Slovakia and although I have visted friend in the East, I have not spent much time in the villages where life is very hard since their is so much unemployment.
      Americans have learned Geography and history of the world but an in depth understanding of each country is beyond their understanding.  Although they paid attention during the Serbian actions in Kosovo and especially the American "police actions, they had no real understanding of Ethnic/Religious problem, they saw only the &*^% Muslims.  Albania was, of course 100% in support of the Kosovo - Albanians and their secession from Yugoslavia.
      I make this comparison because it was my fear that if this was allowed, Slovakia would have the same problem but on the Southern border occupied by ethnic Hungarians. 
      If ethnic populations in other countries such as Rumania and Serbia are grouped in large areas rather than villages such as the Rusins  in Slovakia the problem will not be the same areas in  Kosovo or Bosnia/Herzegovina.
      I hope that contributors here will become of the internal struggles faced by Slovak governments in answering the demands of the minorities.  The  "damning " of Slovakia by international media concerning "Horrendous treatment of the Roma population", was a result of the lack of understanding of the internal problems.
      Trying to explain only resulted in my being called prejudiced.  Here they considered the problem to be the same as our past history with African /Americans.
      I hope that our Slovaks here will learn form the latest "Political" changes in Slovakia.
      I wish I lived closer to you in Pittsburgh and could participate in open discussions of the problems in our Modern Slovakia and our neighbors.  Helene should be learning first hand and I hope I will be able to be there August through October.

      Z Bohom,


      --- On Sun, 6/20/10, votrubam <votrubam@...> wrote:

      From: votrubam <votrubam@...>
      Subject: [Slovak-World] Ethnic citizenship
      To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Sunday, June 20, 2010, 5:29 PM


      > Thanks Martin for the news.

      You certainly know real Slovakia (as opposed to its "halupkized" version), Vilo. It seems that Slovakia's potential new government will consider scaling down the ban on the Slovak citizens keeping their citizenship while acquiring that of another country. The very recent ban (until now, the Slovaks actually had to apply with the authorities if they wanted to cancel their Slovak citizenship, and the request could be denied based on circumstances) was a reaction to the new Hungarian government's adoption of a law making it possible for foreign nationals who could demonstrate their Hungarian ethnicity to apply for and be granted Hungarian citizenship without actually living in Hungary. Bratislava saw it a step towards undermining the loyalty of Slovakia's 500,000 Hungarian minority, which is actually a majority in long stretches along its border with Hungary.

      The new Hungarian law, passed merely days after the new government in Budapest took office, shows that it is probably among the maneuvers to distract the Hungarians' attention from their country's dire economic situation -- there are many and more important steps Budapest needs to take fast (a recent opinion poll showed that, as a result, about 3/4 of the Hungarians -- an astonishing percentage unparalleled elsewhere in post-com Central Europe -- think communism was better for them).

      In a broader perspective, though, the Hungarian law in itself (as opposed to its practical level: its insensitivity to the neighbors and the lack of a need for its breathlessly urgent passage) is not unusual. Germany and Italy, for instance, grant their citizenship to ethnic/"heritage" Germans and Italians who never lived in Germany, too.

      And closer to Slovakia -- hmmm, why didn't Romania and Serbia, also Hungary's neighbors with sizable Hungarian minorities, protest the new Hungarian law and take counter-measures the way Bratislava's outgoing government did? Well, because Romania is granting its citizenship to ethnic Romanians living in Moldova, and Serbia wants to keep its citizenship open as an option for the ethnic Serbian inhabitants of Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, perhaps even Croatia.


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