EU foreign ministers have condemned religious persecution after a wave of recent attacks across the globe, overcoming earlier disagreement over whether to mention Christianity by name.

In a compromise deal in Brussels on Monday (21 February), foreign ministers refer to “Christians” and “Muslim pilgrims” in their final conclusions, after a similar gathering last month ended in acrimony on the subject.

At the time, Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini said the lack of any reference to Christianity amounted to an “excess of secularism”, while the UK and several Nordic countries feared that mentioning specific religions could cause a “clash of civilisations”.

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