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Jan 30, 2018

A strong Europe can only be built by guaranteeing the rights of ethnic minorities and by fostering strong national identities, says minister

Zoltán Balog said the Hungarian government was working to strengthen national identity so that “strong national identities and nations can cooperate to form a strong 21st century Europe”

One of Hungary’s most prominent ministers has said that a strong Europe can only be built by guaranteeing the rights of ethnic minorities and by fostering strong national identities.

Zoltán Balog, the minister of human resources, made the remarks while speaking at the Hungarian embassy in Berlin at the presentation of “Heimat, Identitaet, Glaube” (Homeland, Identity, Faith), a book by Hartmut Koschyk of the German Christian Socialist Union (CSU).

The minister said the Hungarian government was working to strengthen national identity so that “strong national identities and nations can cooperate to form a strong 21st century Europe”. Balog added that this is impossible without guaranteeing rights of ethnic minorities in Europe.