Our nation’s tragedy was commemorated and reminded by Jobbik on Saturday

It was 96 years ago that the Trianon peace dictate was signed, as a result of which 2.3 million Hungarians were stuck beyond the new borders drawn on the military maps and subjected to the rule of foreign and hostile countries building their national states. For their own selfish strategic considerations, the Paris peacemakers disrupted the millennial economic and political unity of the Carpathian Basin, erecting hard-to-break obstacles in the way of cooperation in such matters as flood relief or environment protection, which have proven extremely harmful for other countries as well. Meanwhile, they planted mutual fear, the so-called “Trianon Syndrome”  in the souls of the Carpathian Basin’s nations who had already been divided yet had always been co-dependent. Up to this day, this fear has always prevented any honest cooperation among the region’s nations and states, subjecting them to the whims of the neighbouring great powers.

Apart from a few magnificent years, the Hungarian community has constantly been weakening, dropping in numbers and dying in the Carpathian Basin ever since. The successor states are still unwilling to ensure even the most fundamental individual and collective human rights for the native Hungarian communities who got on the other side of the border against their will, while their governments also try to break them economically by making their lands uninhabitable.

In Transylvania, standing for regional autonomy is considered by the Romanian authorities as an act of terrorism and they impose severe fines on individuals waving the Szekler banner or singing the Hungarian anthem. As shown in the short documentary film presented by our MEP Krisztina Morvai, they even block the use of the Hungarian language, contrary to all international and European norms of human rights. The pledge made in Gyulafehérvár (Alba Iulia) has remained unfulfilled up to this day. In Transcarpathia, local Hungarians are used as cannon fodder in a pointless war and threatened by secret service methods on account of their Hungarian citizenship and national feelings, just as it recently happened to Jobbik’s Transcarpathian organizer. In the Northlands, the Beneš Decrees based on the principle of collective guilt of Hungarians are still part of Slovakian law, they prohibit assuming Hungarian citizenship, while many of the small Hungarian schools are threatened to be closed in spite of the earlier promises. In the Southlands, the Hungarian communities direly decreasing due to economic emigration still have no hope for a real and wide regional autonomy despite Kosovo’s example and Serbia’s upcoming EU accession, even though such autonomy could be the only token of long-term survival. The situation of Hungarian communities is not satisfactory even in Austria, Croatia and Slovenia which are often referred to as examples of ethnic tolerance. The human rights of local Hungarians typically exist on paper only. For instance, Slovenia has been unable to pass the extremely important legislation on ethnic minorities for 5 years. 

Therefore, unlike for Fidesz, 4th June will never be a singing-dancing jubilee for us. For us, this day will always be a day of mourning, when we remember and remind others. It is shown by our commemorations organized all over the Carpathian Basin as well as Jobbik Youth Platform’s initiative called “You can do more than you think”.

On all other days however, even in government after 2018, we will always keep on working to heal the still painful wounds caused by the Trianon treaty. Naturally, Jobbik’s government will consider the cooperation with the neighbouring countries as fundamentally important but our foreign and national policy will have the priority for the representation of the Hungarian communities living abroad. For example, we will subject backing Serbia’s and Ukraine’s EU accession to the condition that they implement a wide territorial autonomy and we will employ our best endeavours to support the rightful demands of the Hungarian communities torn away from us and living in the Carpathian Basin. We believe this is the only way to ensure that the 21st century could become the century of unity, rise and prosperity for the Hungarian nation after the destructive national disasters brought by the 20th century!


MP István Szávay, Chairman of Jobbik’s National Policy Cabinet