In the last few years, hate speech has been on the rise in Europe.
It has been spreading on social networks and it has had a voice in governments and parliaments across Europe.
In some of the worst cases, it has led to violence on the streets.
Nationalist and populist forces both in and outside of Europe have incited the spread of fear, hatred and intolerance. We are not afraid of these people.
But with the rise of these forces, what is at stake is nothing less than our open societies based on freedom, tolerance and solidarity.
We Socialists and Democrats are determined to stop this trend. In the 1930s and 1940s, millions of Social Democrats across Europe stood against fascism and many of them paid with their lives. We will live up to their courage and stand up now as we did before.
We continue the fight against fascism or Nazism in all its forms whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head.
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