Prospects for Settling the Dispute over the Rights of the Hungarian Minority in Ukraine

Author
Daniel Szeligowski, Veronika Jóźwiak
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
The dispute over the rights of the Hungarian minority in Transcarpathia is based on a fundamental difference of interests. While Ukraine aims to strengthen its citizens’ sense of belonging to the country, Hungary strives to extend the rights of the minority, which means there are no prospects for easing the tensions in the short term. What is more, further escalation is likely, since both parties use the dispute in domestic politics. The difference in Hungary’s and Poland’s approach to Ukraine will weigh on Polish-Hungarian relations.
Topic
Education, Bilateral Relations, Territorial Disputes, Minorities, Domestic politics
Political Geography
Europe, Ukraine, Hungary