Nationalist party SNS can be happy about a small moral victory this week after the European Court of Justice ruled that Slovakia had legitimately refused entry to former Hungarian president Laszlo Solyom back in 2009.
The Hungarian president was refused entry after he had crossed the new Maria Valeria Bridge in Sturova as president to attend the unveiling of a statue of St Stefan, the first king of Hungary, and give a speech. He tried to claim that it was a private visit, but as he was speaking in public, it was deemed an official one and so he had disrespected diplomatic relations between the two countries and international rules.
This was the verdict announced by Advocate General at the court, Yves Bot, who proclaimed that Slovakia was within its rights to refuse the president entry to its soil, and that “heads of states are subject to diplomatic relations that fall under the remit of member states and, as such, they have to respect international law”.
Jan Slota’s SNS party is highly satisfied with the court’s verdict and is hoping that other European institutions will now also take action against what he calls “the arrogance of Hungarian political representatives”. Slota is calling on competent institutions to realise that Hungary is employing dangerous and expansive policies, and to do something about it.
Slovakia and Hungary have a bigger bridge to cross, though, in patching up their disrupted relations, especially in terms of the citizenship dispute between the two countries.