A typically political decision...
"EURid claims that the forced deletion of existing domains is needed in order to protect users against what are called "homograph attacks" where domain names are registered with non-Latin scripts to make them look like all-Latin domains e.g. a Cyrillic "a" is used in place of a Latin "a" to make people think they are on the website of, say, "apple.com.""
What is the amount of EU domains which actually try doing this? And also: how does that amount compare to the full extend of EU domains?
It's a very typical way in which modern politicians react: don't hold the offenders accountable for their own actions. Nah, just try to forbid the whole thing and be sure to demand heavy fines if people don't comply. Whatever happened to the democratic notion of innocence until proven guilty?
I see a very dangerous trend happening because the only reason a ruling like this gets pushed is because it's easier on the politicians, not because it's the best they can do. And worse: many innocent individuals get to suffer from this because... reasons.
Another issue is that there's no need anymore. Modern browsers have already adapted so that they'll display those characters for what they are, you won't see "apple" anymore. That was pretty much a unanimous decision, so once again the politicians are acting after the facts.
And is it just me or is it plain out arrogant (and bizarre) not allowing people outside of the EU to register and host a .eu domain? I mean.. I live in Holland and I can easily get a .de domain, or a .jp domain and even a .us domain if I want to. Where's the problem with that?