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Plan to tackle growing racism in EU unveiled

A protester raises a placard reading "Racism is a pandemic" during a demonstration in solidarity with protests raging across the US on June 6, 2020 in Leipzig, eastern Germany.

Jerome Hughes
Press TV, Brussels 

The European Commission has launched a new anti-racism action plan. The move comes as reports of religious intolerance, xenophobia and hate crimes spike in the bloc, with minority groups worst affected.

Successfully accessing work, housing, education and services in the European Union is very often predicated on the color of your skin. This is illegal under EU law but it's the reality nonetheless. The European Commission has just launched a new anti-racism action plan. At the core of the initiative is to ensure existing EU laws are actually enforced by member states. 

During the commission's virtual press conference, we asked if the EU should be more vociferous when it comes to Donald Trump's racist policies, including his Muslim travel ban and his handling of the Black Lives Matter issue, especially given that the US is traditionally the 27-nation bloc's closest ally. 

Trump's original Muslim travel ban in January 2017 blocked people entering the US from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. It has been altered since to remove and add countries but Saudi Arabia, birthplace to most of the 9/11 terrorists, has never been put on the list. 

With its new plan, the EU wants to curtail rising levels of racism and hate speech online, which of course is no easy task. Apparently, it is no easy task either for EU leaders to stand up to Trump as he flagrantly violates the West's much lauded values.

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