Hungary and Slovakia are embroiled in a furious argument over Hungary’s new citizenship law, trading claim and counter-claim across the Danube.

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It was not supposed to be like this. Back in the honeymoon years after the collapse of communism, the thinking in Europe’s corridors of power was that once the fractious former Soviet bloc nations were safely ensconced in the welcoming, subsidy-filled bosom of the European Union, ancient regional rivalries would safely evaporate in a hazy glow of cooperation.

But sadly, that has not happened – at least as far as Hungary and Slovakia are concerned. The two central European nations are embroiled in a furious argument over Hungary’s new citizenship law, trading claim and counter-claim across the Danube.

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