Hungarian Exodus: Examining Europe’s Falling Population from an Economic Perspective

Since Johann Herder, Hungarians have been frightened of ‘national death’. In his diary, the 18th century German philosopher predicted that the Hungarian language, and with it the Hungarian nation, would disappear and become assimilated by surrounding Slavic peoples; this prophecy caused considerable uproar in Hungary, and has shaped the country’s self-image, and beliefs about its regional role, ever since. Fortunately, the prophecy hasn’t become true, and seems to be no longer a threat, simply because those other Slavic people around us are dying out as well; therefore, there is no place to become assimilated.

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