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Budapest’s House of Hungarians has been a “success story” in the government’s efforts to tighten relations between Hungary and ethnic Hungarian communities in other countries, Árpád János Potápi told a press conference on Friday.

Marking the 10th anniversary of the institution, the state secretary in charge of policies for Hungarian communities abroad said that the House had been “instrumental in promoting the culture, and preserving the material and spiritual heritage of all Hungarian communities, helping them strengthen their national identity”.

Uproar Follows EC's Rejection of Minority Safepack Initiative
Uproar Follows EC's Rejection of Minority Safepack Initiative

Despite more than one million signatures collected across Europe, the European Parliament’s and the Bundestag’s backing of the Minority SafePack citizens’ initiative urging EU protection for indigenous national minorities in the bloc, the European Commission eventually rejected it.  According to the EC’s Friday statement, a wide range of measures had been taken to address the […]Continue reading

Potápi noted that the Fidesz government had facilitated preferential Hungarian citizenship to ethnic kin, and said that the Hungarian parliament “can now be considered a real national assembly”.

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