EU'S left­ists ac­cuse Es­to­nia of politi­ciz­ing EU pres­i­dency

The Baltic Times - - FRONT PAGE - BNS/TBT Staff

The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment's Euro­pean United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/ NGL) group has crit­i­cised the con­fer­ence ti­tled "The Legacy of the Crimes of Com­mu­nist Regimes in 21st Cen­tury Europe" that was to be held in Tallinn on Au­gust 23 by ac­cus­ing Es­to­nia of politi­ciz­ing its EU pres­i­dency, the Eu­rac­tiv news por­tal writes.

Greek Min­is­ter of Jus­tice Stavros Kon­to­nis has turned down an in­vi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the con­fer­ence

The Es­to­nian EU Pres­i­dency said that the event on the Day of Re­mem­brance for Vic­tims of Com­mu­nist and Nazi Regimes was meant to com­mem­o­rate the vic­tims of all to­tal­i­tar­ian and au­thor­i­tar­ian regimes.

The leftist group said that the Tallinn con­fer­ence was an "in­sult to Euro­pean his­tor­i­cal mem­ory."

"At a time when the far­right and neo-nazis are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the fail­ures of EU poli­cies, equat­ing Nazism with com­mu­nism is his­tor­i­cally false, dan­ger­ous and un­ac­cept­able. More­over, the fact that the Es­to­nian gov­ern­ment chose to fo­cus on 'com­mu­nist crimes' clearly shows an in­tent to use the in­sti­tu­tion of the ro­tat­ing EU Pres­i­dency for ide­o­log­i­cal pur­poses," GUE/NGL said.

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