Following protests by Hindu groups who say they've used the swastika as a religious symbol for millennia, Germany announced Monday that it has dropped plans to outlaw the sign throughout the European Union.
In Germany, even carrying this sign has led to a conviction in court
Germany, which currently holds the EU's rotating presidency, still wants to make Holocaust denial illegal throughout the EU to stem racism and xenophobia.
"Public incitement of violence and hatred or the denial or trivialization of genocide with racist or xenophobic motives" should be criminalized EU-wide, German officials said in Brussels on Monday. "But the plan does not include a ban on certain symbols such as swastikas."
The German EU presidency hopes that EU members will come to an agreement on the plan during the meeting in Luxembourg on April 19 and 20.
A similar attempt to make Holocaust denial illegal by Luxembourg in 2005 was blocked by Britain, Denmark and notably Italy, where Silvio Berlusconi's center-right coalition was still in power. The new Italian government under Romano Prodi introduced a national bill over the weekend that would impose jail time for inciting racial hatred.
In Europe, only Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Romania and Spain have laws that specifically target revisionism.
After Syriza's surprising win, the forced austerity of Greece's bailout cannot continue as before, Gabi Zimmer, the leader of the United Left bloc in the European Parliament, says in an interview with DW.
Huge crowds have gathered in Dresden for a free concert promoting tolerance and diversity. The event seeks to provide a counternarrative to the anti-Islamization PEGIDA group.
At least 10 people have been killed after a Greek fighter jet crashed at a military base in southeastern Spain. According to the Spanish Defense Ministry, the jet was taking part in a NATO training session.
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