At last, someone is talking sense. However, it is extraordinarily unlikely that such a measure will ever be adopted. “‘Tie EU aid to rights for Christians’ says Frattini,” from ANSA, January 3 (thanks to Insubria):
Rome, January 3 – European Union aid should be tied to respect for human rights in countries where Christian minorities are under attack, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Monday after a New Year’s Day church bombing in the Egyptian city of Alexandria that killed 21 Coptic Christians.
EU aid “should be reduced if not eliminated” for “those countries that do not collaborate” in protecting Christians, Frattini said.
“We have to move from monitoring to action,” said the foreign minister, stressing that Italy could not remain “isolated” in the battle for Christians’ rights around the world.
The EU “should work with those countries that collaborate and encourage them,” he said….
On December 22 Frattini blasted the European Union for not doing more to combat Christian persecutions in Iraq and other Middle Eastern Countries….
”Frankly, it is a little sad that Europe isn’t reacting on this issue as it should”, he said.
Italy is set to present a resolution to the United Nations on religious freedom which aims to stop this persecution and it has the backing of the EU, while several non-EU countries have expressed ”great interest”….
Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria are among the other countries where there have been anti-Christian campaigns and attacks. More than 80 people were killed in bombings in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Christmas Eve, sparking clashes between Muslim and Christian youths….