The European Parliament recently passed a motion.   The motion was passed in response to ‘neo fascist violence’.

The motion contains a very long pre-amble with a large number of assertions, the majority of wish are not supported by a citation.  For example at paragraph E;

“whereas neo-fascist groups have taken the lives of thousands of people of all kinds, such as refugees and immigrants, ethnic and religious minorities, LGBTQI people, human rights defenders, activists, politicians and members of the police force;”

Paragraph 9:

“Calls on the Member States to strongly condemn and sanction hate crime, hate speech and scapegoating by politicians and public officials at all levels and on all types of media, as they directly normalise and reinforce hatred and violence”

Paragraph 18:

“Recalls that Council Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law, the implementation deadline for which was November 2010, provides for a legal base for imposing penalties on legal persons publicly inciting violence or hatred against a minority group, such as exclusion from public benefits, disqualification from commercial activities, placement under judicial supervision or the issuance of a winding-up order”;

Paragraph 21 calls for:

“full and timely cooperation between law enforcement, intelligence agencies, the judiciary and civil society organisations in the fight against fascism, racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance”

The motion contains a request that it is to be forwarded to the Council of Ministers, the Commission, OSCE and the UN.