'Nationalism and xenophobia' on rise ahead of European elections




 
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'Nationalism and xenophobia' on rise ahead of European elections
 
October 30th, 2013  
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'Nationalism and xenophobia' on rise ahead of European elections
By Luke Baker and Stephen Adler BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has warned against nationalism, xenophobia and racism ahead of European Parliament elections next year, when anti-EU and protest parties are expected to do well. Opinion polls months ahead of the vote, which takes place in all EU countries on May 22-25, suggest candidates on the far left and far right will gain support as voters express frustration with Europe after three years of financial turmoil, contracting growth and job losses. "What we don't like is the discourse that is sometimes behind anti-European slogans, a discourse that is promoting what I call negative values, things like narrow nationalism, protectionism and xenophobia. "We should not forget that in Europe, not so many decades ago, we had very, very worrying developments of xenophobia and racism and intolerance.




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