Non-violent and non-abusive freedom of expression in speech, writing and on the internet is denied to residents of European Union member states despite public claims to the contrary, Andrew Brons MEP has said.
Speaking in the European Parliament during a debate on human rights, Mr Brons said that the “The High Representative spoke of the importance of freedom of thought and expression and free use of and access to the internet in all countries — but not apparently in member states of the EU.
“Non-violent and non-abusive freedom of expression in speech, writing and on the internet on academic subjects is denied even in member states of the EU,” Mr Brons pointed out.
“Political parties that have no connection with violence or terrorism are banned in founder members of the European Union.
“The recent discovery of a murderous Nazi gang in Germany quite rightly attracted utter condemnation and concern among the security services that were unaware of it,” Mr Brons said.
“However, the announcement from Mrs Merkel that she would use this vile terrorist group as a pretext, for seeking to ban a political party, with which it had no connection, was an appalling indictment of that country.
“It shows that the current leadership of Germany has learnt nothing from its unfortunate history,” he added.