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The hidden constituency: Will Roma voters decide next month’s European elections?

Across Europe, Roma people are fighting back against right-wing, anti-EU populism. It's time for progressive politicians to recognise their shared values

By Zeljko Jovanovic  

Roma communities march in Bulgaria. Photo: Courtesy the Author

The celebration of International Roma Day this month took place under particularly grim circumstances. Two weeks ago in France groups of teenagers attacked Roma communities after a rumour spread on social media that they were kidnapping children.

Not long after in Italy, neo-fascist group Casa Pound and the far-right Forza Nuova held violent protests against the transfer of Roma people, including 33 children, to a reception center in a Rome suburb.

Despite all attempts of extermination in European history, we Roma have kept…

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