Italian foreign minister raps EU on ignoring persecution of Christians
December 23, 2010
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has criticized the European Union for its failure to protest the persecution of Christians, especially in Iraq and other countries of the Middle East.
''Frankly, it is a little sad that Europe isn't reacting on this issue as it should,” Frattini said. He noted that Italy is presenting a resolution to the UN to condemn the persecution, and he hoped for EU backing.
Frattini used the same address to observe that the EU desk diary for 2011 highlights religious holidays for Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Sikhs, but omits Christmas—an error that he described as “indecent.”