Saturday, 20 January 2007

A blanket ban on Holocaust denial would be a serious mistake

 argues Timothy Garton Ash in the Guardian (Thursday). Of course he's correct, but it was a shame that he listed Poland, Germany and Lithuania as countries with some of the strongest rightwing xenophobic parties in the EU. As Pippa Norris shows, it's Switzerland, Italy and Norway that have the strongest radical right parties (measured by comparing their share of the vote in the period 2000-2004). The other three have negligible far-right influence.

Yeah, I know, Switzerland and Norway aren't in the EU...