1. To understand the upsurge of neo-Nazism it is necessary
to consider the present state of European society and the challenge
of coming to grips with Europe’s diverse identities. The report
is therefore timely and needed, especially given the growing manifestations
of aggressive nationalism, neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia
in Europe and worldwide.
2. The economic crisis, resulting in economic hardship for many,
may exacerbate intolerance in its various forms and fuel extremist
violence, targeting in particular minorities. While tackling the
root causes of the phenomenon and trying to prevent its manifestations,
it is also important to protect victims. Protection means, among
other things, making sure that victims of neo-Nazi violence have
access to justice.
3. The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination proposes
four amendments to the draft resolution and draft recommendation
proposed by the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy.