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Neighbours not friends
Are growing tensions in Slovakia creating the conditions for another European conflict?
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2010 18:01 GMT



Slovakia's voters go to the polls this weekend for the fifth time since it became a nation in 1993. 

However for it's southern neighbour Hungary, which recently held elections of its own, the political flavour of Slovakia's next government is a matter of some significance.

Relations between the two countries have become increasingly tense in the past few years.

Slovakia has a sizeable ethnic Hungarian community and grievances about perceived discrimination at the hands of the authorities have been growing.

Add to that a controversial recent decision from Budapest to offer citizenship to Hungarians living abroad, and the increasing influence of far right nationalists in both countries and you have a volatile and potentially dangerous mix.

Filmmakers Nick Hazlewood and John Ryan have this report for People & Power.

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Al Jazeera
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