Stephen I

The unveiling in 2009 of this equestrian statue in Komárno, a Slovakian town on the border with Hungary, where ethnic Hungarians form the majority of the population, gave rise to a diplomatic conflict, as the Hungarian president was not allowed to attend the ceremony. The only official reason given for the denial was that the president’s visit might have constituted a security risk as the police would have been unable to prevent Slovak extremist groups from disrupting the ceremony.

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