September 22, 2010
The discussions on France’s handling of the Roma’s expulsions are still ongoing. What is for certain is that in the future, governments would avoid making certain mistakes.
France is not the only country having stygmatised Europe’s largest minority. Last year Italy conducted a fingerprinting campaign focusing on Romas, but avoided any criticism from the (previous) Commission. The reason, as I learned today over the Commission midday briefing, is that Italy used the term ‘nomads’ refering to the Romas, and therefore it was not seen as discriminating against an ethnicity. If the French administration had used the term ‘nomads’ instead of Romas in the famous circular letter, Reding wouldn’t have lost her nerves.
So we will hear in the future more about nomads and less about Romas. Will this however solve the problem?Georgi Gotev