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EU 'financing Nazi meeting in Stockholm'

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EU 'financing Nazi meeting in Stockholm'
The Swedish Nazi movement Svenska Motståndsrörelsen pictured at a demonstration in Stockholm in 2009. Photo: Fredrik Persson/TT
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One of the legislative arms of the EU, the European Parliament, is funding a neo-Nazi meeting in Stockholm this summer, according to Swedish anti-racist magazine, Expo.

According to Expo, the European Parliament had already granted 3.6 million kronor (€400,000) to Europa Terra Nostra, a foundation linked to the pan-European fascist association Alliance for Peace and Freedom (APF), this January.

Now it's paid out an additional 1.8 million kronor (€196,000) in contributions to the Europa Terra Nostra. 

The money will be used to organize "Manhem Day" - a meeting in Stockholm this summer, in which a number of Nazi and fascist organizations will participate.

The chairman of the Europa Terra Nostra is Swede, Dan Eriksson, a stalwart of the Swedish Nazi scene.

These contributions come in spite of a recent tightening of rules meant to prevent aid being given to anti-democratic groups.

In 2014, the European Parliament tightened up its rules governing funding for European-level political parties.

The aim was to prevent economic support going to parties that contravene the EU's fundamental human rights principles.

In particular, politicians claimed the new rules would deprive the far-right party Alliance of European National Movements (AENM) of the EU funding it was receiving.

However, in spite of the new rules, the European Parliament this January granted some €400,000 to APF in January.

The APF is an association of European Nazis, fascists and Holocaust deniers. Their chairman is Roberto Fiore, a terror convict and veteran of the European far right. 

The Swedish Nazi Stefan Jacobsson is secretary general of the APF.

Previously, he led the Nazi Svenskarnas parti (Party of the Swedes) and has a long history in the white-power movement.

In the early 2000s, he held a leading position within the militant Nazi Svenska Motståndsrörelsen (Swedish Resistance Movement).

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