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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

West Europe must act after Roma murders

Three members of the right-wing scene were sentenced to life imprisonment and an accomplice to 13 years on Tuesday in Budapest, after being found guilty of the murders of several Roma carried out in 2008 and 2009. The daily Tages-Anzeiger calls on the West to up pressure on Eastern European politicians to act responsibly: "International foundations, the EU and Switzerland invest many millions in projects to integrate the Roma in Eastern Europe. In doing so they must cooperate with local politicians who always find a way to exclude Roma children from new kindergartens or to lay new water pipes without giving Roma settlements access. Switzerland is paying over 7 million francs for water pipes in [the northern Hungarian city of] Ózd. Roma neighbourhoods that still rely solely on wells were meant to benefit. But a project like that can't be successful when the basic requirement is lacking: the political elites in Eastern Europe aren't being forced to fight racism among their own ranks. ... As long as the Roma are viewed as a problem or a disruptive element in their home countries, aid money won't help to improve their situation either."

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