We must save it! Outcry as EU chief cancels Christmas amid fears it could offend

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The outgoing president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, wrote to colleagues saying “best wishes for happy holidays, joy and peace” in a festive card. For the second consecutive year, it failed to mention the seminal Christian holiday – leading to claims the EU Parliament is obsessed with political correctness.

The news came just weeks after the bloc was again accused of “cancelling” Christmas when a leaked internal document asked for the word not to be used.

It also said not to use the name Mary or John because they are Christian or to use the expression “ladies and gentlemen” before a conference.

The EU Commission’s file on “inclusive communication” was subsequently withdrawn after sparking an outcry amid accusations of cancel culture and political correctness.

Mr Sassoli’s card drew equal condemnation.

Mara Bizzotto and Susanna Ceccardi – MEPs for Italy’s right-wing Lega Nord party – were quick to slam the news.

In a statement, the pair said that “a Europe that bans the word ‘Christmas’ is not and will never be our Europe”.

They went on to say that “Europe must stop making a fool of itself in the eyes of the world by denying itself”.

Centre-right MEP François-Xavier Bellamy added: “This is the end of Christmas, we must save it.”

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Former EU Commissioner Dacian Ciolos wrote: “I don’t need the Commission to tell me if I can say ‘Merry Christmas’.”

Others accused the supposedly progressive left of being anything but inclusive with its politically correct language.

German MEP Manfred Weber, president of the EPP group, raged: “Citizens have asked themselves what is the reason for formulating guidelines of this kind.

“For us, having a creed is important. Religion should not be pushed only into the private sphere.

“The DNA of Europe is Christian and two-thirds of citizens consider themselves Christians.”

The EU has a long history of political correctness.

In 2012, it sparked fury with an abstract light installation that replaced the traditional Christmas tree in the centre of Brussels.

Critics accused officials of opting for the installation for fear of offending non-Christians.

Thousands of people signed a petition opposing it and it was later removed just days after Christmas over fears of vandalism.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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