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Anti-Romani Terrorism in Europe

Miroslav Mareš
Published Online: 2016-10-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pce-2016-0013


This article analyzes terrorism against the Roma in Europe. It identifies acts of terrorism in violence that targets the largest stateless nation on the continent and categorizes this terrorism according to current research methods. Focusing on events in both Western and Eastern Europe, the article analyses and compares the most significant terrorist acts against the Roma of recent years. It concludes that anti-Romani terrorism is heterogeneous in terms of tactics, strategies, and ideological justification, yet can usually be subsumed into the broadly conceived category of far-right terrorism. The variety of attacks suggests that terrorist acts are an offshoot of the broad spectrum of anti-Romani activity, and are influenced by contemporary trends in inter-ethnic violence.

Keywords: Romani people; terrorism; Europe; far right; racist violence


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Published Online: 2016-10-17

Published in Print: 2016-12-01

Citation Information: Politics in Central Europe, Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 69–91, ISSN (Online) 1801-3422, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pce-2016-0013.

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© 2016 Miroslav Mareš, published by De Gruyter Open. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. BY-NC-ND 3.0

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