Time to act and counteract the alarming rise of far-right and neo-Nazi parties in the European Parliament

by ERIO on May 27th, 2014

In the aftermath of the European elections, exit polls are now becoming real scores. These watershed elections have brought about a deep shock in many parts of Europe, with Eurosceptic, far-right and neo-Nazi parties rising throughout the continent.

The European Roma Information Office, as an organisation defending the rights of the Roma minority and promoting its full inclusion in Europe, is deeply concerned over the current political landscape marked by dangerous trends towards intolerant, xenophobic and racist attitudes.

Examples are, alas, numerous. Hungarian neo-Nazi movement Jobbik settled for second place with roughly 15% of the votes, whilst its Greek counterpart Golden Dawn is the third party with almost 10%. Perhaps even more worrying news come from long-established democracies, if even in Sweden far-right party Swedish Democrats got two seats within the European Parliament (around 10%). In several countries far-right parties were the most-voted, such as the Danish People’s Party in Denmark (26,6%). Most notably, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has ranked at the top of UK votes, with over 27%, and in one founding state of the Union, France, Marine Le Pen’s Front National topped the polls with nearly 25%.

Minority rights, such as those of Roma, are currently at risk in many countries. At the EU level, this could entail heavy consequences for inclusion policies addressed to Roma, hence jeopardising the little progress hardly achieved so far” denounced ERIO’s Executive Director, Ivan Ivanov. “Far-right and neo-Nazi movements are long known for their aggressive policies towards everyone who is different from their self-referential identity” he continued. “Eurosceptics, craving to re-nationalise crucial policies, endanger the rights of Roma too, mainly denying their right to free movement and settlement in the Union as EU citizens”, Mr Ivanov said.

Economic and political crises have certainly contributed to foster the fears of the European peoples. But fear is no solid ground on which to build the future of our societies. We therefore call all parties and MEPs sharing the ideal of a united and inclusive Europe to overcome their differences and stand up against this frontal attack to the fundamental values of our Union and ensure a racism free Europe. 

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Janardhan Pathania - May 27th, 2014 at 9:30 PM
YES, we all parties and MEPs get united and inclusive Europe to overcome their differences and stand up against this frontal attack to the fundamental values of our Union and ensure a RACISM - FREE EUROPE .

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