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EU accused of trying to cancel Christmas! Advice on inclusive language dropped after criticism
The European Commission was forced to perform a U-turn Tuesday after its guide to internal communication was accused of trying to cancel Christmas and launching an attack on "common sense."

The 30-page guide on how to use more gender-neutral, LGBTQ+ friendly language in the Commission was unveiled by the equality commissioner, Helena Dalli, in late October.

The internal document was picked up on by the Italian tabloid il Giornale, which led to a torrent of abuse on social media as well as from a senior official in the Vatican, far-right politicians and a former EU commissioner.

As a result, Dalli was forced to backtrack. "Concern was raised with regards to some examples provided in the Guidelines on Inclusive Communication, which as is customary with such guidelines, is [a] work in progress," the Maltese commissioner tweeted. "We are looking into these concerns with the view of addressing them in an updated version of the guidelines."

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:00:29 PM EST
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