On the 100th anniversary of the Trianon treaty, it can be said that Hungary has regained its prestige thanks to its achievements over the past ten years, László Kövér, the speaker of parliament, said in a public radio interview on Tuesday. Accordingly, leaders in the region now see that “success in the future cannot be at each other’s expense”, he added.
As a consequence of the Treaty of Trianon, drafted at the Paris Peace Conference and signed in Versailles on June 4, 1920, Hungary lost two-thirds of its territory.
The year 2020 has been declared Year of National Unity “not only to commemorate the tragedy of Trianon but to celebrate the country’s survival over the past hundred years in spite of it,” the Fidesz politician said.
The intention of the Trianon treaty’s drafters — a not especially secret one – was to sentence the country to death as a state and as a nation; to wipe it off the face of the earth”
Kövér said Hungarian literature, film and theatre over the past 30 years had not dealt with what happened a hundred years ago widely enough in the public arena.
He also said external pressures such as “the wave of migrants” now threatened “our identity” but at the same time this had reinvigorated Visegrád cooperation. The Visegrad Group is once again cooperating in defensive and constructive ways, and this may form the basis for even broader central European cooperation in the future, he added.
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