Following protests by Hindu groups who say they've used the swastika as a religious symbol for millennia, Germany announced Monday that it has dropped plans to outlaw the sign throughout the European Union.
In Germany, even carrying this sign has led to a conviction in court
Germany, which currently holds the EU's rotating presidency, still wants to make Holocaust denial illegal throughout the EU to stem racism and xenophobia.
"Public incitement of violence and hatred or the denial or trivialization of genocide with racist or xenophobic motives" should be criminalized EU-wide, German officials said in Brussels on Monday. "But the plan does not include a ban on certain symbols such as swastikas."
The German EU presidency hopes that EU members will come to an agreement on the plan during the meeting in Luxembourg on April 19 and 20.
A similar attempt to make Holocaust denial illegal by Luxembourg in 2005 was blocked by Britain, Denmark and notably Italy, where Silvio Berlusconi's center-right coalition was still in power. The new Italian government under Romano Prodi introduced a national bill over the weekend that would impose jail time for inciting racial hatred.
In Europe, only Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Romania and Spain have laws that specifically target revisionism.
Members of Germany's euroskeptic AfD hope they've put a contentious power struggle behind them by electing conservative Frauke Petry their leader. She had previously shared the role with rival Bernd Lucke.
Athens will seal a debt deal regardless of the referendum's results, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has told a German newspaper. He accused his German counterpart of wanting a Grexit over two years ago.
Kyiv originally invited Alexander Kvitashvili of Georgia to come fix Ukraine's corrupt healthcare system. Now the government has unceremoniously thrown him out of office. The ecology minister has been forced out as well.
Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow Mountain National Park was added to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list.