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Parliament is concerned by the increasing "normalisation of fascism, racism and xenophobia" and calls on EU member states to ban n"eo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups".

(European Parliament)

In a resolution passed with 355 votes to 90 and 39 abstentions, MEPs denounce that the "lack of serious action" against these groups has enabled the current xenophobic surge in Europe. The text mentions the attack that killed 77 people in Norway in 2011, the murder of UK MP Jo Cox in 2016 and the recent attack by fascist squads in Italy against MEP Eleonora Forenza.

The text do not mention islamic terrorism in any way. But it also refers to several incidents involving "fascists" in Poland, Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Latvia and the Nordic countries.

Ban all organisations glorifying fascism

MEPs argue that the impunity enjoyed by far-right organisations in some member states is one of the reasons behind the rise in violent actions, affecting society as a whole and targeting particular minorities such as "black Europeans/people of African descent, Jews, Muslims, Roma, non-EU nationals, LGBTI people, and persons with disabilities".

They propose setting up anti-hate crime units in police forces to ensure these crimes are investigated and prosecuted. They also urge national authorities to "effectively ban neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups and any other foundation or association that exalts and glorifies Nazism and fascism".

End collusion with "neo-fascists"

Troubled by reports of collusion between political leaders, political parties and law enforcement with "neo-fascists and neo-Nazis" in some member states, Parliament calls on the member states to clearly condemn and sanction "hate crime, hate speech" and scapegoating by politicians and public officials, as they directly normalise and reinforce "hatred and violence".

Measures are also necessary to counteract the spread of "racism, fascism and xenophobia" through the internet, in cooperation with social media companies.

Stop "racism" in sport and help members of "fascist groups" who want to leave

The resolution demands that member states and national sports federations, in particular football clubs, counteract the scourge of "racism, fascism and xenophobia" in stadiums and in sports culture by condemning and punishing those responsible and by promoting positive educational activities targeting young fans, in cooperation with schools and civil society organisations.

EU countries should also set up "exit programmes" to help individuals to leave "violent neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups". MEPs stress the importance of education, to increase history awareness among the youth and call for a clear rejection of the "fascist crimes" of the past. They underline that the "truth about the Holocaust" must not be trivialised.

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