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Prodi shelves plan for anti-semitism conference

Romano Prodi, European Commission president, on Monday shelved plans for a conference on anti-semitism in Europe, after becoming embroiled in a rancorous dispute with Jewish leaders. Mr Prodi reacted furiously to claims by two prominent Jewish leaders in Monday’s Financial Times that the European Commission was guilty of anti-semitism. His spokesman described the claims as “totally incomprehensible” and his aides said Mr Prodi no longer felt that conditions were right to hold the anti-semitism conference next month. “We are going to freeze the arrangements for this seminar,” said Marco Vignudelli, Mr Prodi’s spokesman. He said Mr Prodi was “completely surprised” by the attack by Edgar M Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress, and Cobi Benatoff, president of the European Jewish Congress. Full Story

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