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Anti-racism commission publishes its annual report

Hate speech and xenophobic populism remained major concerns in Europe in 2018
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) Strasbourg 11 June 2019
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Anti-racism commission publishes its annual report

Xenophobic populism and racist hate speech continued to make their mark on the contemporary political climate in Europe in 2018, says the annual report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published today.

The growing public anxiety about economic, geopolitical and technological changes was exploited by those scapegoating migrants and minorities, in particular populist politicians aiming at dividing societies along national, ethnic or religious lines. Not only were such views expressed by fringe politicians, but they increasingly gained footing within mainstream political parties and national governments, which remained a major concern for ECRI.

“Ideologies based on assumed incompatibility between national/ethnic or religious groups present a danger to inclusive societies, as do those that advocate ‘racial superiority’,” the report says, warning against the threat of “us vs. them” approach in political and public discourse.


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