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Transylvania
 

 Antagonists

Romanians

Magyars

Status

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Romania

Hungary

Explanation

Magyars have lived in Transylvania, at present part of Romania, since they first arrived in Central Europe. Sometimes they have been part of Hungary and were ruled by the Habsburg Empire. After the first world war they were made part of Romania, where they have usually been treated as a more or less inferior minority. There are signs that, along with the other Balkan conflicts, this hostility by the Romanians is increasing. Racial attacks continue. The Romanians may try to emulate the Serbs and try ethnic cleansing. If they do, there will be strong pressure on the Hungarian government to join in, so that a future international war is not entirely impossible.

There are also Magyars along the border with Hungary and in Slovakia and Serbia.

Now that Hungary has joined the EU and Romania also in 2007 this conflict seems unlikely to arise again.

Last revised 31/12/07


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