Orban in the stadium with the ‘Greater Hungary’ scarf. Kiev summons the ambassador. This is why a diplomatic case broke out – Il Fatto Quotidiano

It was played on Sunday Hungary-Greece: the match finished 2-1, with the Magyars bringing home the victory in the last minutes of the game. But it wasn’t the result that made any noise, on the other hand we were talking about a friendly match, but the scarf worn by the Prime Minister of Budapest Viktor Orbán which carried a map of the Kingdom of Hungary. Someone called her “Greater Hungary”, but in reality the supporters prefer to talk about “Old Hungary”, i.e. how their country was before the defeat in the First World War, exactly in November 104 years ago, but above all before the treaty signed on 4 June 1920 in the palace of the Grand Trianon of Versailles. The agreement deprived Budapest of the Slovakiathe Ruthenia subcarpathian (now Transcarpathian oblast of Ukraine), Transylvania, Croatia, Slavonia, Vojvodina, River And Burgenland. Of what had been a kingdom with almost 20 million inhabitants and an area equal to Italy, less than half of the population and a third of the territory remained. We are talking about territories often inhabited only by ethnically Magyar minorities, but of which the Hungarians had also been the rulers for almost eight hundred years.

Orban’s move has sparked a reaction primarily from theUkraine who announced the summons of the Hungarian ambassador asking for an apology from the government. In a Facebook note, the Kyiv Foreign Ministry spokesman, Oleg Nikolenkowrote: “The promotion of revisionist ideas in Hungary does not contribute to the development of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations and does not comply with the principles of European policy”. The prime minister limited himself to replying by asking Kiev to don’t mix politics and football: “Football is not politics, we don’t see what isn’t there,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “The Hungarian national team is the team of all Hungarians, wherever they live.”

The claims of Budapest they are so destabilizing that, if implemented, they appear to be the dissolution of the Yugoslavia a walk in the park: involving all the countries around the Pannoniathe plain left to the Hungarians after the notorious Trianon, attract the attention of Russia certainly more than a war between Serbia And Kosovoundermine the compactness of the Born more than the tensions between Turkey And Greece.

2022 had opened for the Hungarians with the hope of being able to implement at least in part their plan to restore “Old Hungary”, with the prospect of seeing Transcarpathian Ruthenia fall from the sky following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, occupying there Transcarpathia officially to remove it from the aims of the Kremlin and keep it in NATO. Anglo-Saxons would say that Putin And Orban, while not sleeping in the same bed, they had the same dreams. Notice when the newspapers started talking about this strange woman liaisonthe Russians launched the only missile attack west of the Carpathian Mountains.

Thus, for months the Hungarian leader has not ceased to fan the flames of Magyar nationalism reporting the loss of outlet to the sea (through territories that today make up the Croatia), the persecution of minorities in Romania and the need for Hungary to maintain excellent relations with Russia e China. Music to Putin’s ears. In short, Orban at this moment makes a stone dance in his hand, that of revision of the borders of Central and Eastern Europewhich if launched would trigger a devastating chain reaction: from the Balkan wars of the 1910s came the spark that then set fire to the whole of Europe.

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Orban in the stadium with the ‘Greater Hungary’ scarf. Kiev summons the ambassador. This is why a diplomatic case broke out – Il Fatto Quotidiano


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