An attack like the Capitol can also happen in Europe, says Jourová – World – News

European Commission Vice-President Vera Jour was shocked by the recent attack on the Washington Capitol.

She told the Austrian daily Der Standard that something similar could happen in Europe. He also criticizes the actions of television, Twitter and Facebook, which have narrowed the space for comment to incumbent US President Donald Trump.

According to the vice-president of the EC for values ​​and transparency, the attack of radical supporters of the outgoing head of the White House on the parliament building from the beginning of this month revealed “two hot truths”.

“First of all, it was an attack on a democratic institution as such. At the same time, we saw the negative influence of the president and how the division of society grew, “said the European Commissioner from the Czech Republic. She warned against the opinion that this is only an American phenomenon.

The second “moment of truth” for Jour was the fact that the television stations “simply turned off” the speeches of the American president and Twitter and Facebook closed his accounts. According to her, this raises questions about how to deal with hateful content on the Internet while maintaining freedom of opinion.

According to Jourová, the atmosphere in society is deteriorating during the corona crisis. Politicians and governments are trying to bring the crisis under unpopular decisions. “Europe’s history teaches us that in times of crisis, fame is often reaped by extremists. But sobering up will happen soon, “Jourová warned.

Custom rules

Events in the US show that “we need clear constitutional rules, especially the respect of citizens for the constitution”, Jourová emphasized. When European politicians begin to “interpret the constitution” innovatively, a major problem for the rule of law arises.

Twitter and Facebook or TV stations could not act on clear and strict legal rules in the US case because they do not exist in the US. “So they stick to their own rules of the game, private conditions that have an enormous impact on a lifetime,” Jourová pointed out.

The EU commissioner admitted that Twitter and Facebook had to respond when Trump told his supporters to go to the Chapter. According to Jourová, Europe is one step further in this field. Individual states have laws that treat hate and violence on the Internet. However, the rules should not be different, said Jourová, pointing out that the European Commission is striving for common rules and definitions.

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