Relations between Croatia and Hungary are currently not at their best. Following a harsh comment, a Croatian restaurant is now not serving Hungarians, and they are not welcome there – or so it seems.
A rather harsh statement by PM Viktor Orbán the other day – saying that the Croatian coastline was taken away from us Hungarians – created some tension between Hungary and Croatia. So much so that even Hungary’s ambassador was summoned to Zagreb to explain what the Hungarian PM meant by his words.
As we wrote before, the problem is that both countries believe history is on their side. The apropos for the sharp comment was the European Committee’s plans to expand sanctions on Russian energy, which Hungary continues not to support, stating that, for us, a landlocked country, it would be practically impossible to receive oil supply from elsewhere.
Now, a reader of 24.hu shared a photo of a sign at a restaurant in Croatia that states that the restaurant does not serve Hungarians.
What is more, they also said that Hungarians are not welcome on the Adriatic. 24.hu contacted the restaurant in Trpanj to find out the reason for writing this on their sign. In response, they sent the news portal a link to an article. The article says that the restaurant manager decided to do so in response to Viktor Orbán’s statement last week.
As it is known, the Hungarian PM said on Kossuth Radio’s morning show last Friday that “Hungary would have access to the sea if it had not been taken away from it.” On Tuesday, Hungary’s ambassador to Zagreb was asked to explain Orbán’s statement.
As we wrote before, State Secretary Tamás Menczer tried to calm the situation by saying it was merely a misunderstanding. However, he added that Orbán was just referring to “historical facts”, which Croatia does not agree with.
“I hope that our Croatian friends won’t buy into the media hysteria and we can continue our work in the interest of developing cooperation,”
Menczer said in a Facebook post following the controversy.
As we can read in the article of slobodnadalmacija.hr, the owner of the restaurant, Jakov Begović, often writes witty and sarcastic things on their blackboard. Sometimes, they might sound harsh at first, but they are actually quite funny.
In light of all this, we will let everyone decide for themselves whether the restaurant is serious or not.
Source: 24.hu, Telex