Hungarian communities call for autonomy in Brussels

Budapest, March 2 (MTI) – Hungarian communities outside Hungary will only survive if they are granted “geographical, personal, and customised” autonomies, said a statement issued by the Hungarian Autonomy Council, which held a session at the seat of the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday.

Member organisations of the Council will use all legal means to achieve autonomy for all Hungarians, which is “crucial for European stability,” the document said.

Participants in the meeting also agreed that a European charter to protect the rights of ethnic minorities should be created.

Talking to reporters after the session, Hungarian MEP of Romania Laszlo Tokes said that the Council wants Hungary to adopt a protective role for Hungarian minorities living in areas that were ceded to neighbouring countries under peace treaties concluding the two world wars.

Hungarian communities want officials of their countries to start negotiations over the autonomy issue and they ask the European Union to support their endeavours, Tokes added.


Elvis – The name of a square in Budapest

Budapest, March 2 (MTI) – The City of Budapest has launched an internet survey asking residents to select one of 12 spots in the city to be named after Elvis Presley, Mayor Istvan Tarlos announced on Wednesday.

The mayor told reporters that Elvis had firmly backed Hungary’s anti-Soviet revolution in 1956, and he had called on Americans to send donations to the country in a TV programme broadcast early in 1957.

Residents have until on March 15 to cast their vote for the square to be named.

The city council also plans to posthumously award honorary citizenship of Budapest for expressing his sympathy with the revolution and his efforts to spread related information in the US.