A senior European Union official has warned of rising anti-Semitism in Europe as attacks and threats against Jews continue in EU member countries.
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European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said Thursday that "in the last couple of years you've seen this age-old monster come up again in Europe."
Speaking before a conference on religious intolerance, he said: "This is unacceptable. I thought we knew better. I wouldn't have thought it would be possible ... but it's happening again."
The EU's fundamental rights agency says that anti-Semitic stereotyping is a reality in many countries and that some EU political parties are openly anti-Semitic.
Timmermans said that "it's a vital question for the future of Europe that our Jewish community feels at ease and completely at home."