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Ten out of thirty book releases
The book “Thirty Ten” is intended to continue where the book, published ten years ago, “Legal in Europe” ceased. In Europe, Law aimed primarily at presenting the different concepts and aspirations of foreign Hungarians, comparing different concepts. Katalin Szili and the authors of the volume, Ferenc Kalmár, Adrienn Tóth-Ferenci and Csilla Varga – as the title suggests – give an overview of the specific interlinkage of the 30 years of minority policy since the change of regime and of the 10 years since 2010. The new volume attempts to explore the links between autonomy efforts, minority policy, neighbourhood policy and national politics. The purpose of the volume is to provide a comprehensive picture of the issues affecting Hungarian communities across the borders, along the lines of the various topics and drawing from them. The book not only illustrates the decisive events of the past years, but also draws on them to formulate possible strategic orientations, pointing forward. However, the volume does not think in singularities, as Katalin Szili writes in the foreword of the book, “The focus of ten out of thirty is on Hungarian national politics and the protection of our Hungarian national communities, the responsible work that Hungary and its government have done over the past decade to ensure that all indigenous national communities living outside our current borders can live safely in their homeland.” The protection of foreign Hungarian communities, not exclusively Hungarian, is a European, just as the protection of all indigenous minorities in Europe is a bit Hungarian. The authors of the volume accordingly place the results of their research in the broad European interpretative horizon.
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Event reportProposals on the future of Europe, based on the presentation of ten volumes out of thirty, we recommend that 1. the issue of national minorities should be a European matter. At present, more than 10 % of the population in Europe belongs to indigenous minority communities, and a common European solution must therefore be provided, while distinguishing between the economic and illegal immigrants between native national communities. 2. nationality and national identity should be separated. Nationality is not necessarily the same as a national. It is important that citizenship and national affiliation within the EU are not a source of hostility, given the diversity and integrity of Europe. 3. the basis for national minority protection should be the full guarantee of the right to identity. Identity is the one that distinguishes communities and the values by which a particular community has enriched humanity. That is why we recommend that the group identity, protection and support of those belonging to a minority group be ensured by eliminating their exclusion, discrimination and assimilation. 4. ensure both individual and collective rights to achieve the protection of identity. Language rights, the right to learn in their mother tongue, are key elements of national minority protection. One of the most important measures that the state can take to protect a minority language is to declare it an official language (regional language) in the territory where it is spoken. This would require uniform regulation of kogens in Europe. 5. national minorities living in the territory of the state should be constituent factors of the state. Indigenous national minorities live in the same area where they have roots in their culture, traditions and religion. In this way, they contributed to the development of their homeland, enriching universal European values, culture, regardless of the power that dominated those territories throughout history.
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