The EU plans to make denying the Holocaust a criminal offence throughout Europe.
While well-intentioned, this proposal is regrettable. The way to deal with holocaust deniers is to laugh, mock, expose, and ridicule them. But banning them will just add to their paranoid theories.
I can understand with sympathy why Austria and Germany especially felt the needs for such laws after WWII. But today such laws are unnecessary, and most of all the special circumstances of Germany and Austria do not apply to all of Europe.
We see what a precedent this can create, with the Poles wanting denial of Stalinist crimes to also be an offence.