[JURIST] A group of conservative European Union [official website] lawmakers from eastern Europe have proposed an EU ban on communist symbols, including the red star and the hammer and sickle. The ban would match a proposed EU ban on the display of Nazi symbols. Members of the European Parliament [official website] from Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic said their ban should be put into effect because of the suffering caused by Soviet-backed regimes in their respective countries. EU justice ministers will discuss the Nazi symbols ban at a meeting later this month. All of the EU governments would need to approve the measure for it to become effective. AP has more.