Council of Europe sounds alarm on racism

ECRI report says populist politicians and govts prey on fears

11 June, 16:34

    STRASBOURG - The Council of Europe's Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) released its annual report on Tuesday, in which it said racist hate speech and xenophobic populism continued to make their mark on the contemporary political climate in Europe in 2018.

    "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," the report said. "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," it said.

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