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HUNGARY/SLOVAKIA: The citizenship of an ethnic Hungarian resident of the Slovak town of Komarno causes a political row between Hungary and Slovakia over Hungary's dual citizenship law

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The citizenship of an ethnic Hungarian resident of the Slovak town of Komarno is a source of renewed tension between Hungary and Slovakia over Hungary's dual citizenship law.

Oliver Boldoghy, a businessman and actor living in Komarno, took u...

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KOMARNO, SLOVAKIA (NOVEMBER 24, 2011) (REUTERS)

MAIN SQUARE
STATUE
BI-LINGUAL SIGN OF CITY HALL
PEOPLE WALKING IN THE STREET
EXTERIOR OF CAFE
RESIDENT OLIVER BOLDOGHY READING LETTER
VARIOUS OF...

KOMARNO, SLOVAKIA (NOVEMBER 24, 2011) (REUTERS)

MAIN SQUARE
STATUE
BI-LINGUAL SIGN OF CITY HALL
PEOPLE WALKING IN THE STREET
EXTERIOR OF CAFE
RESIDENT OLIVER BOLDOGHY READING LETTER
VARIOUS OF LETTER FROM INTERIOR MINISTRY SAYING THAT BOLDOGHY LOST HIS SLOVAK CITIZENSHIP

(SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) ETHNIC HUNGARIAN RESIDENT OF KOMARNO, OLIVER BOLDOGHY, SAYING:
"Many people have taken up the Hungarian citizenship but they did not notify the Slovak interior ministry about it. The reason why I and several others have openly admitted this is to take a conscious civilian action. We would like to set a precedent. We began a signature collection on the day of the Slovak constitution on September 1st and referring to the constitution we would like to achieve that this Fico law, this anti-dual citizenship law is annulled.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (NOVEMBER 24, 2011) (REUTERS)

EXTERIOR OF HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT
CUPOLA OF PARLIAMENT
VARIOUS OF PRIME MINISTER VIKTOR ORBAN GREETING DELEGATES OF HUNGARIAN PERMANENT TALK, A FORUM OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM ETHNIC HUNGARIANS IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES
ORBAN TALKING
ETHNIC HUNGARIAN LEADERS LISTENING

(SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) HUNGARIAN PRIME MINISTER VIKTOR ORBAN, SAYING:
"The Hungarian state in the Carpathian Basin must be active. We must stand up for the Hungarians. We cannot tolerate that even one Hungarian can be deprived of his citizenship in the country where they live and where they have their citizenship."

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(SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) HUNGARIAN MEMBER OF EUROPEAN PEOPLES PARTY OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, KINGA GAL, SAYING:
"We consider this procedure unacceptable and very grave. Withdrawing ones citizenship is a sanction that has very serious effects and we think that in the 21st century it is very strange that an EU member country tries to solve a citizenship problem between two EU members by taking away an EU member citizenship."
PRESIDENT OF SLOVAK HUNGARIAN PARTY, MKP, JOZSEF BERENYI GREETING DELEGATES
BERENYI TALKING AND WALKING AWAY

(SOUNDBITE) (Hungarian) PRESIDENT OF SLOVAK HUNGARIAN PARTY, MKP, JOZSEF BERENYI SAYING:
"What happened cannot be separated from the fact that there will be elections in Slovakia next year. My feeling is that the Slovak politics is using yet again the tool of intimidation against the ethnic Hungarians there. They want to set a precedent through Oliver Boldoghy and make people afraid of the whole political sphere and thus make their decision at the election."

CUPOLA OF PARLIAMENT
PEOPLE WALKING PARLIAMENT

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP HELSINKI COMMITTEE, MARTA PARDAVI, SAYING:
"I think that the biggest problem with this case is that it shows that those people who have a double affiliation, a double identity have amidst the unsatisfactory diplomatic relations between Hungary and Slovakia have been forced to choose one over the other."

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SLOVAKIA'S PRESIDENTIAL PALACE

(SOUNDBITE) (Slovak) SLOVAK PM IVETA RADICOVA, SAYING:
"Mr. Prime Minister (Viktor) Orban has adopted a law in an...

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA (FILE - MARCH, 2011) (REUTERS)

SLOVAKIA'S PRESIDENTIAL PALACE

(SOUNDBITE) (Slovak) SLOVAK PM IVETA RADICOVA, SAYING:
"Mr. Prime Minister (Viktor) Orban has adopted a law in an unusual way standard way - without discussing it with the country he has international agreement with and without meeting of working groups which could discuss it. So this has caused tension."

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(SOUNDBITE) (Slovak) SLOVAK PM IVETA RADICOVA, SAYING:
"Following the adoption of this law which has been adopted without following the basic procedures my predecessor has adopted even worse law and now we have a problem. But we will solve it, we will not punish pour citizens because of the wrong decisions made in the past. But we should not make a huge issue out of it."

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