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EU drops push for Nazi symbol ban

[JURIST] The EU ended consideration Thursday of proposals [JURIST report] that would have banned Nazi symbols in the 25-country bloc after it became apparent that member states could not agree on which symbols should be included in the ban. Luxembourg, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, withdrew the proposal from consideration. Many voiced concerns that any ban would be an unnecessary restriction on expression, particularly since the swastika is also a symbol long used by Hindus. A similar proposal was made to bar symbols from the former Soviet Union [JURIST report], but that ban has already been scrapped. The Nazi symbol controversy gained momentum after Prince Harry of Great Britain was shown wearing a Nazi officer's uniform at a dress party. BBC News has more.

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