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President Áder Says Hungarians Can Learn a Lot From The Era of Compromise (1867-1918)

By Tamás Székely // 2017.01.02.

Hungarian President János Áder noted the upcoming 150th anniversary of Hungary’s historic Compromise with its Habsburg rulers in his address broadcast on public television in the first minutes of 2017.

Budapest, 2017. január 1. Áder János köztársasági elnök és Weisz Fanni jeltolmács, siket esélyegyenlõségi aktivista pezsgõvel koccint az államfõ újévi köszöntõjének televíziós felvételén a Sándor-palotában 2016. december 29-én. MTI Fotó: Kovács Tamás

Hungarian President János Áder and sign language interpreter Fanni Weisz celebrating the New Year (photo: MTI)

Referring to the Compromise of 1867, Áder said it had “ushered in an era of unprecedented national development”, in which Hungary’s cities underwent major changes, roads and railways were built, and public education started. (Click here to read our article about the memory of Fracis Joseph in Hungary.)

Concerning the past year, the president noted the medals Hungary’s Olympic athletes had won, Hungary’s goals at the European soccer championship, and the country’s scientific and cultural achievements. He said the country should also appreciate “Hungarians who make our lives nicer, better, and happier in their own positions and according to their possibilities”.

In his speech Áder also commemorated Hungarian authors Imre Kertész, Péter Esterházy, Sándor Csoóri, and pianist Zoltán Kocsis, who died during the last year.

via photos: Tamás Kovács – MTI