Revival of the nazi ideology in the EU
Dear President von der Leyen,
In its verdict delivered on August 29, 2023, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) determined that the constitutional inclusion of both territorial and ethnic limitations in Bosnia and Herzegovina constituted a form of discrimination. The ECHR emphasized that political representation must not be subordinate to or dominated by ethnicity. Essentially, the ECHR ruled that Bosnia’s constitution violates human rights.
At present, Jews, Roma, Sinti, and other minorities are treated as second-class citizens and are barred from holding political positions of power in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On Wednesday, September 20, 2023, Željko Komšić, the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, delivered a speech at the UN General Assembly, condemning the ongoing discriminatory practices in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He argued that the prioritization of ethnic representation in government bore resemblances to totalitarianism. Mr. Željko Komšić is advocating for the enforcement of the ECHR ruling in Bosnia and Herzegovina, aiming to end the discrimination that has persisted since the Bosnian Genocide.
Mr. Željko Komšić was subjected to a vehement verbal assault by Radman Grlić, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia. This attack was characterized not only by its totalitarian and discriminatory undertones but also by the use of language reminiscent of the Nazi era—a period marked by extreme cruelty, hate, and violence.
During that era, the Nazis described Jews as vermin, usurpers, and parasites, relegating them to second-class citizenship. It is crucial to remember that Mr. Željko Komšić is advocating for the cessation of this second-class citizen status for Jews in Bosnia.
Mr. Radman Grlić not only endorsed a discriminatory system that relegates Jews to second-class citizenship but also employed the same derogatory terms that the Nazis once used to describe Mr. Željko Komšić: usurper, vermin, and parasite.
This incident represents a clear example of the resurgence of Nazi ideology within the EU.
We are writing to you in your capacity as both the President of the European Commission and as a German national. We hope that you will showcase to the world that Europe has indeed undergone denazification since World War Two. We earnestly urge you to condemn and sanction the revival of Nazi ideology in the EU by taking appropriate action against Mr. Radman Grlić’s inflammatory statements.
Dr. Emir Ramić
President of the Institute for the research of genocide Canada (IGC)