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Giving passports to these Hungarians, who now number around 2m, appeases the radical right in Hungary and also signals to other countries that the Magyar minorities have a protector. That does not matter much in places such as Serbia, Slovenia or Austria, where Magyars live happily alongside their fellow-citizens. But it is potentially explosive in Slovakia…

Kati Marton

Type your sA child in communist Hungary Little girls, big story Nov 19th 2009From The Economist print edition Getty Images Capitalist rulers are so much nicer Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America. By Kati Marton. Simon & Schuster; 288 pages; $26. Buy from Amazon.com COMMUNIST bullies had a nasty trick when dealing …

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Europe.view Linguistic discontentsOct 29th 2009 From Economist.com Slovaks, Hungarians and missing data THE row is over but the problems remain. Amid an outcry from neighbouring Hungary, and discreet pressure from other outsiders, Slovakia’s government has backed away, for the moment, from implementing its badly drafted and intrusive-sounding new language law. Despite the backdown, hopes that …

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Europe view 134, history

EUROPE Europe.view Magistra vitae?May 28th 2009 From Economist.com The fine line between disagreement and propagandaFORGET gas, nukes or Iran. The deep divide between Russia and its western neighbours is about history. President Dmitry Medvedev has set up a commission to look at “falsifications of history that damage Russia’s interests” (he should use a comma: this …

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