BERLIN/BUDAPEST/KIEV (Own report) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s demand that the putsch regime in Kiev adopt the German model of ethnic minority policy is creating strong tensions. At the beginning of his third term in office, Orbán declared that Ukraine must grant the Hungarian speaking minority special rights based on ethnicity, including the right to acquire Hungarian citizenship. Partisans of the putsch regime have shown understanding for Kiev’s strong protests: Kiev cannot admonish Russia’s engagement on behalf of its “compatriots” in Ukraine, while simultaneously allowing Budapest to do the same thing. Orbán’s ethnic demands are in fact equivalent to the special rights imposed by Berlin for the “German ethnic minority” in Poland. Berlin claims that hundreds of thousands of people living in Poland are allegedly “German citizens” – and have the right to vote in Germany. Not only is Budapest exacerbating this German ethnic policy in its foreign policy, but it is also demonstrating the radical forms ethnic orientation can take in a European country today in its domestic policy. Berlin, according to experts, supports this development with “critical solidarity.”

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