Racist, anti-Islam rhetoric mars Europe’s elections: study

The use of racist and xenophobic rhetoric, including by mainstream political parties, has dominated national and European Parliament election campaigns over the past two years, according to a new study.

The study, commissioned by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), maintains that immigrants and refugees from Muslim countries and Islam itself are primary targets of politicians who exploit feelings of insecurity in an increasingly complex and multicultural world.

French political scientist Jean-Yves Camus, who conducted the study, found that the theory of a so-called “clash of civilizations” is gaining ground.

Islam Online, 26 March 2005

For the ECRI report see here.