19:26 Jan 15, ’07 / 25 Tevet 5767

(IsraelNN.com) Germany hopes to make Holocaust denial a crime across the 27-nation EU as part of a package of laws it wants to introduce during its presidency of the bloc.

Berlin is also set to outline plans to ban Nazi symbols like the swastika, which, like denying the massacre of the Jews, is already outlawed in Germany. Such moves may be seen as curtailing freedom of speech and could prove controversial in several member states, but the German justice minister says she is confident of winning support.

If it goes ahead, it will be the second time in two years that an attempt has been made to ban the display of Nazi symbols within the EU. The last bid failed in 2005 after objections from several governments, including Britain