Tony Blair is taking on a new role combating anti-Semitism after warning “we live in dangerous times”.
The former prime minister is to become chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconcilia-tion (ECTR).
It campaigns for European to make Holocaust denial a criminal offence, clearly define racism and anti-Semitism, and to pay for security at synagogues and Jewish schools.
Writing in The Times, Mr Blair and Moshe Kantor, a Russian–born Jewish businessman, warned that Europe is at a turning point.
“There have been three periods in the past hundred years when the annual GDP growth in Europe went below 1%: first in 1913, just before the First World War, second in 1938, just before the Second World War, and third in 2014.
“Economic decline fuels instability.”