Newsletter 2010/04/13 - The New Era of Ethnic Chauvinists
BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin's government advisors are expecting an intensification of tensions in Eastern Europe, following the Hungarian parliamentary electoral victory of the ethnic chauvinist
Fidesz Party. An expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) warns that should Hungary's next prime minister, Victor Orbán, implement his plans and attribute his country's citizenship to Hungarian-speaking citizens of neighboring countries, the relations, for example, between Hungary and Slovakia, will continue to deteriorate. In addition, having won a sixth of all the votes cast, the rightwing extremist Jobbik Party constitutes Budapest's third strongest parliamentary group, giving it the
potential of establishing itself "as a long-term political factor." The landslide victory of the ethnic chauvinist rightwing is a result of a reinforced ethnic chauvinist policy being pushed, above all, from Germany throughout the EU. Ethnic chauvinist organizations in Hungary and within Hungarian-speaking minorities in the countries bordering on Hungary, have been receiving support from Germany for years. Budapest's historical revisionist demands are paralleled by Berlin's similar offensives. The German foreign minister has characterized as "excellent" Germany's relationship to Hungary, which will take over the presidency of the EU Council on January 1, 2011.