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Parliamentary questions
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12 May 2015
Question for written answer E-007627-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Javi López (S&D)

 Subject:  Xenophobic campaign by the Mayor of Badalona
 Answer in writing 

Local elections are being held in Spain in May. In the course of the election campaign the controversial campaign slogan has been published of the current Mayor of Badalona, the third largest city in Catalonia, and candidate for the Spanish People’s Party (PPE): ‘Cleaning up Badalona’.

Taking into account the background of the candidate in question, Xavier García-Albiol, whom it has been necessary to bring to justice in Spain for calling all Romanian immigrants of Roma origin a ‘scourge’ and a ‘plague’ (the Public Prosecutor’s Office called for one year’s imprisonment for his incitement to hatred between neighbours based on ethnicity and origin, but in the end the courts acquitted him), and his constant public speeches to this effect in recent years, the following question arises:

Does the Commission believe that it would be desirable to establish certain limits on exercising public responsibilities, especially among those in public office and political leaders who express ideas which incite hatred or racism as applicable?

Original language of question: ES 
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