Viktor Orbán Beefs Up Support in Neighbouring Slovakia

Hungarian Prime Minister’s ‘Geopolitics’ of Central Europe

1 June 2021

Aliaksei Kazharski

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Many Slovak political players are looking at Viktor Orbán: the recent dynamics concerning the Slovak citizenship law as well as the supposedly unfair treatment of Central Europe by the West have probably also created more opportunities for him to export his ideology across the Danube. While Slovak Hungarians cannot vote in Hungary, they can absorb Orbán’s ideology.

Hungary returns in full form to Slovak politics after a prolonged absence. The year 2021 witnessed new tensions around the Slovak citizenship law that affects ethnic Hungarians, Prime Minister Igor Matovič’s vaccination adventures in Moscow and Budapest, which cost him his job, as well as the sudden intervention of Viktor Orbán in the Slovak ideological market through his long interview to a conservative daily.

All these now form a part of a complicated Slovak-Hungarian puzzle, which also has a regional dimension. Viktor Orbán is proposing a ‘geopolitical’ vision of a unified Central Europe that is different from Western Europe in normative and political terms.

Yet, upon closer inspection, this Central European unity seems to be a bit of a sandcastle.

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Aliaksei Kazharski

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Researcher at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations of the Comenius University in Bratislava and a lecturer at the Department of Security Studies of Charles University in Prague

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