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Jobbik accuses Fidesz of exercising ‘monopoly’ over German minority Budapest school

A lawmaker of the opposition Jobbik party on Thursday accused ruling Fidesz of exercising a "monopoly" over the ownership and operation of a bilingual Hungarian-German primary school in Budapest.

Speaking at a press conference in front of the Grassalkovich Antal Primary School, Koloman Brenner called it an “outrageous” and “unacceptable” decision by the human resources minister to “disallow” the German national self-government to take over the school’s operation. He said Miklos Kasler had not supported the school’s headmaster in keeping her post either.

“It is apparent that Fidesz’s one-party supremacy has reached the circles of Hungary’s national minorities,” said Brenner, who also serves as a deputy speaker of parliament.

He called on the minister to revisit his decisions, underlining the German national minority’s contributions “to the common Hungarian homeland” through their loyalty, diligence and talent.

Brenner expressed regret that Imre Ritter, the speaker representing the German minority in the Hungarian parliament, had remained silent over the matter. He said Ritter “in the wider public is no longer representing the German community in Hungary, but has become a guardian of Fidesz’s two-thirds majority”.

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