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3rd Aug 2013

Germany cancels Cold War-era surveillance pact in wake of spying revelations

Germany has cancelled a Cold War-era surveillance pact with the US and Britain. The largely symbolic move comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government faces mounting criticism for its complicity in spying programs. “The cancellation of the administrative agreements, which we … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

Germany: Kohl wanted to reduce Germany’s Turkish population by one half

Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl sought to deport half of Germany’s Turkish population in four years. The revelation comes from declassified British documents. In an October 1982 meeting in Bonn, Chancellor Kohl told British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that Germany would … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

Italy: Berlusconi tax fraud conviction upheld

Italy’s highest court has upheld a tax fraud conviction against former PM Silvio Berlusconi, and ordered a review of a ban on him serving in public office. The court confirmed a four-year jail sentence by a lower court. Thursday’s decision … Continued

31st Jul 2013

Spain: Court says Spain train driver on phone at time of crash

The driver of the train that derailed in Spain killing 79 people was talking on the phone at the time of the accident, according to black box data. The train was also traveling at 95 mph (153 kph) when it … Continued

30th Jul 2013

Greece: IMF approves next tranche of bailout funds for Greece

The IMF has announced that it plans to release the next installment of bailout funds to Greece. Athens passed its latest review, but the IMF warned it must do more to implement reforms in light of looming shortfalls. The International … Continued

Italy: Coach crash kills 38 in southern Italy
29th Jul 2013

Italy: Coach crash kills 38 in southern Italy

[A tourist bus crashed through a highway guardrail in southern Italy near the city of Avellino in Campania region. (Source:chinanews.com)] ROME, (Xinhua): A tourist bus crashed through a highway guardrail in southern Italy Sunday night, killing 38 people and putting at … Continued

29th Jul 2013

French police say $53 million worth of jewels stolen in armed heist in Cannes

Jewels and diamonds worth $53 million have been stolen from a hotel in Cannes, France. The heist was one of the biggest in Europe in recent years. French police estimate that $53 million (40 million euros) worth of jewels has … Continued

28th Jul 2013

Germany: Demonstrations against NSA spying as Berlin appoints cyber commissioner

People have taken to the streets across Germany to protest against NSA spying. Berlin, meanwhile, has appointed a diplomat to defend Germany’s interests in cyberspace in the face of the NSA scandal. Thousands of people took to the streets of … Continued

Spain: Questions raised as death toll climbs to 80 in train crash
26th Jul 2013

Spain: Questions raised as death toll climbs to 80 in train crash

  [A video of the accident shown on Spanish TV and posted on virtually every news website in the country shows in graphic detail how the carriages are hurled off the tracks as a result of the excessive speed, with … Continued

26th Jul 2013

Germany: Merkel’s top aide plays down allegations of bulk US spying on Germans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief aide has tried to play down allegations of US bulk spying on German citizens. Recent revelations have fueled concern over US-German surveillance collaboration. Chancellory Chief of Staff Ronald Pofalla appeared before a three-hour-long hearing of … Continued

Spain: Train crash leaves over 70 dead
25th Jul 2013

Spain: Train crash leaves over 70 dead

[Photo: Picture Alliance/dpa]   A train has derailed in northwest Spain leaving dozens of people dead, a local official has reported. The cause of the accident remains unclear. At least 77 people were killed and more than 140 injured when … Continued

France forced to defend ban on niqab
23rd Jul 2013

France forced to defend ban on niqab

France’s so-called “Burqa-ban” has once again been making headlines across the globe in recent days after riots were sparked in a Paris suburb when a Muslim woman was stopped by police. On Monday the French government defended the controversial law. … Continued

23rd Jul 2013

Eurozone debt rising despite austerity

Government debt across the eurozone hit an all-time high in the first quarter of 2013 in spite of massive spending cuts. Recent figures show the situation to be worsening in countries that are already deep in the red. The total … Continued

23rd Jul 2013

EU blacklists Hizbullah under US, Israeli pressure

The European Union’s 28-member bloc agreed on Monday to blacklist Hezbollah’s military organization as a terrorist group following years of relentless US and Israeli pressure. The EU cited accusations that the powerful Lebanese Shia movement was behind a bus bombing … Continued

21st Jul 2013

Germany: Magazine reveals German government using NSA spying data

Intelligence agencies in Germany and the US have been collaborating, according to a new report from a German magazine. The German government has been using bulk data collected by the National Security Agency. Germany’s foreign and domestic intelligence services have … Continued

19th Jul 2013

Bulgaria: Wave of anti-corruption protests in Bulgaria

For more than a month, people have gathered outside a government building in Sofia to protest against the administration. Demonstrators are making their voice heard about corruption in the country. Protesters have been filling the streets of downtown Sofia on … Continued

18th Jul 2013

Germany: Europe-wide raid on alleged right-wing extremist group ‘werewolf’

Authorities in northern Europe have raided the homes of several alleged right-wing extremists. Investigators suspect their group, dubbed “werewolf,” of planning terrorist attacks on German soil. Police in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland swept into homes, offices and jail cells … Continued

16th Jul 2013

Greece: Greeks launch strikes ahead of key parliament vote

Strikes by various public sector workers have begun in Greece ahead of a key vote in parliament that would see the first job cuts due to austerity measures. The cuts are part of conditions for an international bailout. Municipal police … Continued

15th Jul 2013

France: Hollande addresses French infrastructure in Bastille Day interview

Francois Hollande has said France needs to ensure upkeep of train lines after a derailment left six people dead. Earlier on Sunday, African troops marched alongside France’s military in the Bastille Day parade. A main point in the French president’s … Continued

13th Jul 2013

Sweden: Twitter hands over data on anti-Semitic tweeters

[Twitter hands over data to French authorities on anti-Semitic tweeters. Photo: Screengrab]   Twitter has handed over data to French authorities to help identify the authors of anti-Semitic tweets following a complaint from a Jewish students’ group, AFP reported on … Continued

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