The survival of ethnic Hungarian communities abroad depends on their ability to make progress towards autonomy, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said at a presentation of the latest volumes of the publication entitled Minority Rights, Interest Representation, Autonomy.
On the conference organized by the National Policy Research Institute and the Századvég Foundation, he said autonomy was both a goal and a vision for the future for ethnic Hungarians, adding that Hungarians living beyond the border must never abandon their demands for autonomy. Ethnic Hungarians’ ability to enforce their interests depends on the successes of ethnic Hungarian political parties, Semjén said. He argued that Hungarian interests could only be defended abroad if such Hungarian parties have representation in the given country’s parliament, at the local government level or if they take on roles within the government. Hungary’s standpoint is that ethnic Hungarian representation should be as unified as possible, he said. If there is unity, there is success, he added.
This is especially important in parliamentary elections, the deputy prime minister said. Ethnic Hungarians cannot afford to have parties with no realistic chance of winning seats in parliament run in the elections, arguing that they just split the Hungarian vote, he added. Apart from representing the interests of the local Hungarian community, ethnic Hungarian parties also had a responsibility to have a clear and acceptable message for the majority nation, he said, mentioning the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians in Serbia as an example of an ethnic Hungarian party that meets this criterion. Economy in which the conditions of competitiveness have overall changed.
via: hungarymatters.hu; hirtv.hu
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