Czech president pledges support for Slovakia in dual citizenship dispute with Hungary

Czech President Václav Klaus has intervened in a citizenship row between Slovakia and Hungary. In a meeting with the Slovak ambassador on Wednesday, President Klaus pledged support for Slovakia in the dispute and denounced Hungarian government actions as irresponsible. Fresh conflict between Slovakia and Hungary has stemmed from a Hungarian parliament decision to grant dual citizenship to Hungarians living in neighboring countries. In reaction, the Slovak parliament passed a law stating that all Slovak citizens applying for Hungarian dual citizenship will lose their Slovak citizenship.

About a half million Hungarians live in Slovakia. Relations between the two countries are historically tense due to unresolved questions surrounding the rights of the Hungarian minority in southern Slovakia. Recent elections in Hungary producing a right-wing coalition have aggravated the situation even further.

Author: Chris Johnstone