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 Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic said on Thursday that people like Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic would not be acceptable anywhere in Europe and that he should never have been appointed a minister.

Milanovic commented on a case surrounding Zlatko Hasanbegovic and his photograph and text released in the NDH weekly about 20 years ago.

"The damage has already been done, he won't be accepted anywhere in Europe. It is irrelevant whether that is an Ustasha cap or not. What is under the cap and what is written is important. People like that cannot get anywhere in Europe. They are a burden to Croatia and he should never have been a minister," Milanovic said.

Milanovic thinks that it is good that Hasanbegovic today identified himself as an anti-Fascist because "it seems that he is ashamed or he may just be struggling to retain his position as minister which he never ever dreamt he would be."

"Karamarko and his HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) party are behind it all," Milanovic said, adding that he was interested in what the people in the Bridge party thought about this because "they are thunderously silent."

"I would like to hear what they support and if they think this is in order. Views of that person have been presented in public. I would respect him more if he had said, 'yes that's me.'"

"Hasanbegovic cannot be an Ustahsa because it's 2016, but everything is clear, he should never have become a minister. His views are dangerous for Croatia and that's bad," he said.

Milanovic concluded by saying that the SDP was a party of values based on "protecting ordinary people, people who live off the the fruits of their labour." "The HDZ was established to found the Croatian state, which was a grand and noble act but they have burnt out. All they are doing is scaring Croatians with enemies within, Serbs, tomorrow it maybe Jews, international conspiracies," Milanovic said.

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