Hungary's Near Abroad. Minorities Policy and Bilateral Treaties
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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NATO and EU enlargement has been successful in establishing incentives for aspiring members to resolve border and ethnic minority issues. Hungarian bilateral treaties have stabilized the situation more in Romania than Slovakia because, unrelated to its treaty, Slovakia has been moving in autocratic directions. Both treaties have marginalized nationalist extremists and helped transform Hungarian minorities from being a potential bloc, to becoming a bridge for Euro-Atlantic integration. If Hungary enters NATO with no clear prospect for Romania, it could undermine recent positive developments in Bucharest.
- Government and Political Science