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2nd Nov 2013

Greece: Greek far-right Golden Dawn party members shot dead

The Greek far-right party facing a police crackdown says two of its members have been shot dead outside its office by a gunman on a motorcycle. Parliamentarians described the killings as a “blow to democracy.” Two members of Greece’s Nazi-inspired … Continued

29th Oct 2013

Deadly storms cause disruption across northern Europe

More than a dozen people have been killed as a result of storms that hit parts of northern Europe. The windy weather also caused major disruptions to transportation and left many without electricity. At least 14 people were killed across … Continued

28th Oct 2013

Ethnic Hungarians march for autonomy in Romania

Ethnic Hungarians are demanding autonomy in Romanian communities. Transylvania was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until after World War I, when the ethnic Romanian majority created their own country. About 10,000 people held protests on Sunday in Hungary and Romania … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Czech voters opt for leftist Social Democrats and novice populist

Czech voters angered by years of political graft and budget cuts have handed the opposition Social Democrats a weak mandate to form a government. A media magnate who heads a new centrist party has emerged as kingmaker. Preliminary counts put … Continued

27th Oct 2013

Media reports suggest Obama knew NSA spied on Merkel

There are new questions over how much President Obama knew about US spying on Angela Merkel. A newspaper report says that the US leader has been aware of NSA eavesdropping on the German chancellor since 2010. On Saturday, Spiegel magazine … Continued

25th Oct 2013

Germany and France call for talks over US spying allegations

France and Germany have called for talks to agree on new rules for intelligence relations with Washington. The call follows allegations that the US spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone. Following the first night of European Union summit talks, … Continued

24th Oct 2013

EU lawmakers urge block on US access to SWIFT bank data

European lawmakers have approved a resolution that calls for US anti-terrorism investigators to be denied access to the global banking database, SWIFT. The decision followed revelations about American spying activities. Lawmakers in the Brussels parliament voted by 280 to 254 … Continued

23rd Oct 2013

Germany accused of aiding US drone strikes

    Amnesty International raises a serious accusation, saying deadly US drone attacks in Pakistan are conducted with German help. Experts fear things are actually a lot worse.   The US defends its drone attacks as “precise and effective.” But … Continued

22nd Oct 2013

France in the NSA’s crosshair : phone networks under surveillance

Le Monde: The future will perhaps tell us one day why France has remained so discreet in comparison with Germany or Brazil, for example, after the first revelations about the extent of the American electronic espionage programmes in the world … Continued

20th Oct 2013

Belgium: Multiple deaths in Belgian plane crash

Eleven people have died in a plane crash in southern Belgium. The aircraft, which came down shortly after takeoff, had been carrying a group of parachutists – none of whom survived. The small airplane had reportedly lost its right wing … Continued

20th Oct 2013

Austerity protests draw tens of thousands in Italy, Portugal

Tens of thousands of people have protested austerity in Italy. And Portugal saw its first major street mobilization since the government unveiled its budget plans on Tuesday. Police detained several people during the protest in Rome after about 100 people … Continued

14th Oct 2013

Sweden: Angry parents spark halal school lunch spat

Parents in Svedala in southern Sweden have reported a school to the Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) for serving halal chicken arguing that the practice breaches the non-denominational praxis of the Swedish education system. The issue was discussed in the municipal council … Continued

14th Oct 2013

France far-right National Front candidate Laurent Lopez wins competitive by-election

France’s far-right National Front Party has won a local by-election. The result reflects the rising popularity of the anti-immigrant, anti-EU party ahead of next year’s municipal and European elections.  National Front (FN) candidate Laurent Lopez has won the cantonal by-election … Continued

12th Oct 2013

Norway: Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. The OPCW, tasked with dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons cache, beat out a field containing 258 other nominations. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize as been … Continued

Migrant boat capsizes south of Sicily, hundreds rescued but dozens drown
12th Oct 2013

Migrant boat capsizes south of Sicily, hundreds rescued but dozens drown

For the second time in a week, a boat smuggling migrants from Africa to Italy has sunk. A joint operation by Italian and Maltese rescuers has saved 221 people but at least 27 people are reported drowned. The boat capsized … Continued

11th Oct 2013

European Parliament approves Eurosur border surveillance

EU lawmakers have approved the Eurosur border surveillance program, aimed at monitoring the bloc’s external border. The vote comes just one week after at least 289 asylum seekers drowned off the coast of Lampedusa. The European Parliament approved the Eurosur … Continued

7th Oct 2013

Italy seeks immigration rethink as Lampedusa death toll mounts

Divers have recovered many more bodies after a migrant boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Italy and France are both seeking greater European cooperation on immigration. A further 83 bodies were recovered on Sunday after the tragedy in … Continued

6th Oct 2013

Italy: Anger grows over Italy’s Lampedusa shipwreck tragedy as survivors mourn dead

France has called for an urgent meeting of EU countries following a shipwreck tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa, in which hundreds are feared dead. Italy’s coastguard has denied it was too slow to help. On Saturday, French prime … Continued

5th Oct 2013

French mosque shooting leaves three wounded

 By Ben McPartland The Local: Three people were wounded in a shooting at a mosque in France on Friday. Initial reports say the three men, believed to be a father and his two sons, were shot at as they left … Continued

4th Oct 2013

Germany: Mosques open doors to non-Muslims

The Local: Over a thousand mosques welcomed visitors on Thursday as part of an annual event celebrating the integration of Germany’s four million Muslims into society. Organisers said they expected over a hundred thousand visitors – 80 percent of them … Continued

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