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First reactions to the shooting of Slovakia’s Prime Minister

May 17th, 2024

Commentators warn against extreme partisanship and call on citizens in Slovakia and elsewhere to see what they have in common rather than what divides them.

On the Mandiner webpage, Mátyás Kohán finds it tragic that three decades after the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe, there are still people who don’t understand what democracy is about. He calls on his fellow columnists to see to it that their readers hold no single person responsible for their own unhappiness. It is that kind of lie that puts human lives in danger, he writes.

In Magyar Nemzet, László Szentesi Zöldi writes that Hungary needs a confident and strong Slovakia as its neighbour. He hopes that Slovakia’s citizenry will not allow unhinged madmen to subvert their everyday lives and will find ways to prevent maniacs from destroying their feeling of belonging together.

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