The European Parliament has joined forces with Fascism

Summary

Alltogether, the European Parliament’s resolution is bewildering. The attempt to equalise the Victors over Fascism with the fascists is a blow against Europe itself, its unity and stability. Striking a blow on Communism, the European Parliament is desecrating the memory of their own heroes of the resistance, where the communists were represented in large numbers. Communists were the ones that suffered most during World War Two and in the pre-war period of Nazi dictatorship.

Striking a blow against one of the pillars of the fight against fascism, Europe automatically joins forces with Fascism and supports is reappearance, no matter which nice sounding slogans they are hiding behind.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the EU and Russophobia.

In a statement, the Press Office of the European Parliament elaborates on the resolution:

MEPs voice concern at the efforts of the current Russian leadership to whitewash crimes committed by the Soviet totalitarian regime and see them as a “dangerous component of the information war waged against democratic Europe”. They also condemn extremist and xenophobic political forces and organisations in Europe for distorting historical facts, and employing the symbolism and rhetoric of totalitarian propaganda, including racism, anti-Semitism and hatred towards sexual and other minorities.

The text of the resolution can be found here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, EU
  • Keywords: European Parliament, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Sputnik Latvia
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