Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quote of the day

"The time has come that Budapest should take back the Carpathian region, because it's Hungarian land!"

A recent quote from Russian nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky on Hungary's opportunity to reclaim the Carpathian region in western Ukraine. Hungary lost the Carpathian region to the Ukraine in the Treaty of Trianon in 1920. The Carpathian region in the Ukraine was Hungarian land for over 1,000 years. There is still a sizable minority of Hungarians who live in the region today (est. 150,000). Zhirinovsky also said that Poland and Romania should also reclaim some of the land in the Ukraine that was theirs in recent history.  

Editor's note: It is highly unlikely that the current Hungarian government will move on reclaiming Hungarian lands lost due to the Treaty of Trianon. A few years ago, Hungary renounced any aspirations to reclaim lost lands from neighbouring countries. This disappointed many Hungarians on the right and ethnic Hungarian minorities that exist outside Hungary's current borders.