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SMK first to sign cabinet deal

The SMK Hungarian party on Saturday became the first to sign a government pact between four centre-right parties in cabinet talks, and has agreed to temporarily drop its demand for compensation for ethnic Hungarians who had property confiscated after the second world war.

The SMK won a promise from its coalition partners to establish a university whose teaching language is Hungarian, and has also inked a deal on land nationalised by the communists in 1948, but whose owners could not be identified after communism fell in 1989.

SMK leader Béla Bugár said the compensation question had not been dropped in exchange for the university and land pact, and that “even 50 universities” could not compensate the losses of people punished on the principle of collective guilt.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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