Aug 22, 2009

Time does not heal Slovak wounds

Maybe they just need another decade or so.

According to the New York Times, Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom canceled a private visit to Slovakia on Friday after the Slovak government called the trip a provocation. Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia said Solyom was not welcome on August 21, the 41st anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of what was then Czechoslovakia, because the Hungarian Army was part of the invading force.

Solyom has been in the news before for his views on foreign travel. Once he became president in 2005, he promised not to visit the US, as long as he would have to be fingerprinted at the border. Perhaps he would have preferred the retnal eye scan?

In any case, Hungarian-Slovak relations have been deteriorating for a few years now, ever since Fico formed a coalition in 2006 with Ján Slota, who is known for his frequent vulgar, defamatory and hatred-inciting anti-Roma and anti-Hungarian remarks. Central Europe, I don't know why, but I expected more from you.

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