EU'S leftists accuse Estonia of politicizing EU presidency
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.