The far-right xenophobic and racist party ‘Alternative for Germany’ third political force in the German Parliament News of the re-election of Angela Merkel after the recent elections in Germany has been relegated to second place by the irruption in the Bundestag, the German parliament, of the populist radical-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party as the third biggest party, with a stunning 13.3%. It is not for nothing, populist radical-right parties are gain votes and seats in ever more European countries, from France to Denmark or Hungary. But in addition, Germany has its past: History reminds us of the role it played in the Holocaust against Jews, Roma, homosexuals or against every other person that the Nazi Regime considered different by the, and it seems that we have not learned. The far-right is no longer just a threat because of its racist and xenophobic rhetoric, they are already in the Institutions and Governments and they take part in the decision-making processes that affect all Europeans. The European Parliament, a body representing the European citizens, seems to have given up in its efforts to combat hate speech propagated by the European far-right parties, well established in Parliament, and has allowed the anti-Roma declarations made by some its members such as Italian Northern League MEP, Mara Bizzotto, and Bulgarian MEP, Angel Dzambazki.
The European scenario could not be worse. On January 1, Bulgaria will take over the rotating presidency of the European Union, and members of its Government, formed by a coalition of parties including a far-right party, will take the leadership of the EU and, from the Council, will articulate the EU political agenda and represent the whole of its citizenship. The Bulgarian Vice-President himself is known for his statements against Roma and immigrants. We do not seem to be aware of the risks of having governments such as the Bulgarian taking on, from their extreme-right positions, the protection of the European core values and principles: respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law. As an organization that works on the defence of the interests and rights of the Rome community, Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) has repeatedly pronounced against antigypsist declarations of political representatives, condemning and denouncing the discriminatory discourse that exhibits the European extreme right, and demanding from the public authorities a strong and exemplary public pronouncement against it. But condemning statements are no longer enough, we must act against the racist and xenophobic positions of the European extreme right. It is no longer just the rhetoric of these parties against minorities, the risk is that their growing presence in the institutions will mark the political agenda and the discourse of all parties, who will sooner or later seek to reach those electorates who vote in favour of excluding positions.
via gitanos: Faced with the advancement of the far-right, the EU must strengthen its protection system for minorities