Franco Frattini, asshole extraordinaire.
EU justice chief Franco Frattini has rejected calls from some MEPs for a ban [on national-socialists symbols] to be extended to communist or Soviet symbols.
Frattini accepts that symbols such as the hammer and sickle may offend millions of EU citizens in Eastern Europe but makes a legal distinction to Nazi icons.
“He very much understands that Soviet type symbols may incite feelings which are just as negative as Nazi type symbols in the case of those who suffered under the second totalitarian regime of the 20th century,” said Frattini’s spokesman.
“He did at the same time state that you have to distinguish between Nazi symbols, which may remind people of racism, and xenophobia including Anti-Semitism, and other symbols.”