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GREECE | How historic will today’s Greek election be?

Sunday, 25 January 2015, 11:10 | Source: HOPE not hate |

From Panayote Dimitras for Greek Helsinki Monitor in Athens Greek voters are expected to give victory to the left radical party SYRIZA in today’s election. It is however uncertain whether SYRIZA will win a majority of seats or will fall short and will thus have to seek at least one ally ...
GERMANY | Can "Cruella de Vil" take Pegida mainstream?

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 16:07 | Source: The Telegraph | | Click here for original article

A young blonde woman sits in front of the camera, can of hairspray in hand. Over the next few minutes she proceeds to lacquer her hair, scraping it back forcefully so her forehead takes prominence. She then applies heavy black eyeliner, chatting away in German all the while. Finally – and I ...
GREECE | Syriza stretches poll lead as Greek election campaign ends

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 16:04 | Source: Guardian | | Click here for original article

Phoebe Greenwood meets Syriza and the young people voting for change. Video by Richard Sprenger and Phoebe Greenwood Greece’s anti-austerity party of the left, Syriza, has stretched its election lead to six points, putting it on course for a historic victory in Sunday’s crucial elections. With the incumbent prime minister, Antonis Samaras, ...
GERMANY | Germany's Pegida movement in disarray after leader resigns

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 12:55 | Source: Europe Online Magazine | | Click here for original article

Germany‘s anti-Islam Pegida movement was in disarray Thursday after its public face, Lutz Bachmann, resigned over a selfie in which he posed in an Adolf Hitler moustache and hairstyle.Pegida, which denies that it opposes Islam or refugees per se, has staged weekly rallies since October against alleged "Islamization." On Wednesday, ...
GERMANY | Germany’s Pegida leader steps down over Adolf Hitler photo

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 20:48 | Source: Guardian | | Click here for original article

Pegida leader Lutz Bachmann deleted his Facebook profile after this picture of him styled as Adolf Hitler was unearthed. Photograph: unknown The head of the German anti-Islamisation movement Pegida has stepped down after a picture of him posing as Adolf Hitler went viral. Lutz Bachmann, 41, a butcher’s son from ...
GERMANY | Breaking news: Germany Pegida: Protest leader quits in 'Hitler' row

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 18:07 | Source: BBC |

The head of German "anti-Islamisation" movement Pegida, Lutz Bachmann, has resigned after a photo of him apparently posing as Hitler emerged. Mr Bachmann stepped down just as tens of thousands of people were expected to rally in the eastern city of Leipzig for the latest Pegida rally. Prosecutors opened an investigation after ...
ITALY | Rome court convicts 6 for pro-fascist, anti-Semitic slogans

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 23:02 | Sou: SunHerald.com | | Click here for original article

A Rome court has convicted six men of spreading pro-fascist and anti-Semitic ideas with banners, posters and graffiti in the Italian capital. A 1993 law forbids use of slogans, gestures and actions evoking Nazi and fascist ideologies or inciting racial hatred. Sentences for the convictions Tuesday ranged from 1 ½ years to ...
FRANCE | Post-attacks, France's Le Pen struggles to be heard

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 13:14 | Source: Reuters | | Click here for original article

Support for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was widely expected to soar in the wake of the deadly attacks on Paris by Islamist militants. In the event, the possible next leader of France was outmaneuvered by President Francois Hollande. Along with other party leaders, Le Pen was invited to Hollande's ...
AUSTRIA/DENMARK | Danish neo-Nazi jailed in Austria for Islam insults

Tuesday, 20 January 2015, 13:11 | Source: thelocal.at | | Click here for original article

A Danish man living in Vienna is said to have made Facebook postings which compared the prophet Muhammad to a pig, as well as calling for glorification of Nazi ideas. The 32-yer-old is a student of chemistry and history who has been living in Austria since 2010, according to ...
GREECE | Greece: A crowded field

Monday, 19 January 2015, 13:16 | Source: Economist |

The far-left Syriza party continues to hold a small but steady lead in the polls ahead of Greece’s election on January 25th. After such a long period ahead of the ruling party, this lead seems unlikely to be overturned in just two-and-a-half weeks, say pollsters. Yet Alexis Tsipras, the firebrand ...
FRANCE | Paris attacks: Jean-Marie Le Pen says French terror attacks were work of Western intelligence

Monday, 19 January 2015, 11:54 | Source: Independent | | Click here for original article

The Charlie Hebdo massacre may have been the work of an “intelligence agency”, working with the connivance of French authorities, according to Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the far right Front National. In an interview with a virulently anti-Western Russian newspaper, Mr Le Pen, 86, gave credence to conspiracy theories circulating ...
USA | Disgust, frustration and hope: three words that sum up my reaction to the terrorist attack in Paris.

Friday, 16 January 2015, 17:55 | Source: The Tennessean | | Click here for original article

I'm disgusted by the al-Qaida-linked terrorists who assaulted Charlie Hebdo's office, murdering newspaper staff members and slaughtering a French policeman. My disgust is magnified because these madmen linked my faith to their despicable vigilantism by shouting "God is great" in Arabic and claiming they "avenged the Prophet" in French. In reality, the ...
FINLAND | Suspended sentence for leader of far-right library attack

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 12:20 | Source:yle.fi | | Click here for original article

Central Finland District Court has handed down sentences to four men involved in an altercation at a book discussion event two years ago at Jyväskylä Library. In late January 2013, three men tried to enter a discussion event on a book about far-right activities in Finland. On Wednesday the main perpetrator, who ...
FRANCE | France's far right can gain from Paris terror

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 18:45 | Source: thelocal.fr | | Click here for original article

The leaders of France's National Front party, the third largest political party in the country, were not invited to Sunday's march in Paris that attracted 1.5 million people. Instead, party leader Marine Le Pen led a demonstration of her own in the FN-controlled southern town of Beaucaire. ...
GERMANY | Police investigate death of Eritrean man in Dresden

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 17:37 | Source: Guardian | | Click here for original article

Dresden police have launched a murder investigation following the death of an Eritrean man whose blood-soaked body was found outside his home in the east German city. The refugee, identified as Khaled Idris Bahray, 20, left his flat on Monday evening, according to his five flatmates, all young Eritreans, telling them ...
FRANCE | Comedian arrested after Charlie Hebdo gag

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 17:31 | Source: Eyewitness News | | Click here for original article

A French comedian was detained for questioning on Wednesday for writing on his Facebook account he felt “Charlie Coulibaly,” a word play combining the widespread “I am Charlie” vigil slogan and the name of one of the three gunmen.More than 3.7 million people marched through the streets of France on ...
FRANCE | Muslims demonstrate in Paris: "'I am not Charlie. But I am against killing"

Tuesday, 13 January 2015, 17:34 | Source: Haaretz.com | | Click here for original article

The flags are back at full mast, the snipers have descended from the roofs and the marchers have gone back to work. World leaders are heading home, the traffic has unsnarled, and the wind seems to have died down, just a little. But the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket on the ...
GERMANY | The man behind Germany's anti-Islam street protests

Monday, 12 January 2015, 18:02 | Source: Expatica Germany | | Click here for original article

Unknown just three months ago, Lutz Bachmann is a cook by training with a criminal record who has managed to mobilise thousands of Germans out onto the streets against Islam. He was born in the former communist east German city of Dresden where the contested group he heads, the so-called "Patriotic ...
HUNGARY | Opposition slams Orban for anti-immigration remarks

Monday, 12 January 2015, 17:57 | Source: Politics.hu | | Click here for original article

The opposition Dialogue for Hungary (PM) condemns Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s recent remarks on immigration and asks the premier to withdraw his statements, Timea Szabo, the party’s co-leader, said on Monday. On Sunday, after attending a mass rally in Paris, Orban called for a firm EU response to the terrorist murders ...
FRANCE | LIVE: Millions of French show their resistance

Sunday, 11 January 2015, 19:01 | Source:thelocal.fr | | Click here for original article

National Crowds remained after dark at the Place de la Republique where Sunday's march began hours earlier. Photo:AFP Hundreds of thousands of people, including over 50 heads of states, took to the streets in Paris and across France on Sunday to send out the message that they will not be cowed ...
FRANCE | France attacks: Huge marches for victims

Sunday, 11 January 2015, 00:41 | Source: BBC | | Click here for original article

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets on Saturday. The placards read "I am against racism", "I am against fascism" and "unity" About 700,000 people are said to have taken part in marches across France following three days of deadly attacks in the Paris area. They were held in cities including Paris, ...
GERMANY | Dresden citizens remember France terror victims, reject PEGIDA fear mongering

Sunday, 11 January 2015, 00:31 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

Some 35,000 people gathered in front of the Frauenkirche in the capital city of the German state of Saxony on Saturday, the rally's organizers said. The rally is being held to show solidarity with the immigrants and in defiance of the PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) movement, ...
GERMANY | Jewish man assaulted on Berlin U-Bahn says his case must not become cause for anti-Muslim feeling

Friday, 9 January 2015, 00:50 | Source: Daily Telegraph | | Click here for original article

A Jewish man who was badly beaten by a group of Muslim youths on the Berlin U-Bahn has come forward to say he does not want what happened to him to be used to incite anti-Muslim feeling. Shahak Shapira, a 26-year-old Israeli citizen resident in Germany, was attacked when he tried ...
FRANCE | France was gripped by tension even before the shootings at Charlie Hebdo

Friday, 9 January 2015, 00:44 | Source: Independent | | Click here for original article

The shootings in Paris today at the offices of the French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo come after a steady rise in ethnic tension in France. Though it is too soon to attribute responsibility for the attack, the newspaper marked itself out in 2008 by publishing the Danish cartoons caricaturing the ...
SPAIN | Neo-Nazi faces 3 years jail over Metro attack

Friday, 9 January 2015, 00:30 | Source: thelocal.es | | Click here for original article

That video shows a blond man standing over a young Asian man on a Barcelona metro train. The aggressor, whose face is pixellated, can be seen leaning towards his victim. He then throws several punches before shocked bystanders drag him away. The video, which has been seen over a million times ...
CZECH REPUBLIC | Czech far-right group wants dissolution of Muslim organisations

Friday, 9 January 2015, 00:07 | Source: ČTK | | Click here for original article

The terrorist act, in which Islamic fanatics murdered people in the Charlie Hebdo magazine, was a result of the policy of European leaders "whose perverted vision of a multicultural society enabled the expansion of the hateful Islamic ideology in Europe," the DSSS says in a written statement. The DSSS called on ...
POLAND | Korwin-Mikke, leader of far-right KNP ousted from his post

Friday, 9 January 2015, 00:04 | Source: Warsaw Voice | | Click here for original article

Poland's far-right non-parliamentary party Kongres Nowej Prawicy has removed its founder Janusz Korwin-Mikke from the leader's seat, replacing him with Michal Marusik. The decision was made during the party convention on Monday The move was a result of what the internal party opposition viewed as a rapprochement with Poland's ...
FRANCE | Racism row after mayor refuses Roma baby burial

Thursday, 8 January 2015, 00:00 | Source: Independent | | Click here for original article

A politician’s decision not to allow a two-month-old girl to be buried in his municipal cemetery has caused a national scandal amid accusations of racism – and further highlights the rightward drift of French politics Maria Francesca died on Christmas Day after a life of only two months and 10 days. ...
GERMANY | Anti-Kögida: "Protecting the Germany that we've become proud of"

Tuesday, 6 January 2015, 02:34 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

There was a strange atmosphere at Cologne's Messe/Deutz train station on Monday evening. There were families, flags, fast food, and beer; the usual suspects at a summer festival - not to mention Aretha Franklin's "Respect" being blasted out across Ottoplatz. But the 20,000 revelers were in fact the overwhelming throng of ...
GERMANY | Lamps go out all over Germany in backlash against anti-immigrant protests

Monday, 5 January 2015, 22:34 | Source: Daily Telegraph | | Click here for original article

The lights went out all over Germany on Monday night as famous landmarks were plunged in darkness as part of a growing backlash against anti-immigrant protests that have gripped the country in recent weeks. As the protesters tried to bring their campaign against what they say is the "Islamisation of Europe" ...
GERMANY | Secular protesters outnumber anti-Islamist "Pegida" in Cologne

Monday, 5 January 2015, 22:29 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

20,000 residents in Cologne and neighboring areas gathered on the streets to demonstrate against the anti-immigrant movement, Pegida. Overwhelming support for immigrants and asylum seekers in Cologne led to the Pegida demonstrators cancelling their appearance. Citizens in Cologne shouted out in jubilation, the sole goal of their demonstration being to ...
GERMANY | Why Dresden, my home city, sees itself as a victim of history

Monday, 5 January 2015, 13:29 | Source: Guardian | | Click here for original article

Dresden, the city where I lived for 10 years, has to be the only place in the world where a convicted criminal can invite the people for an “evening walk” and almost 20,000 readily take him up on his offer. Every Monday since October, Pegida protest marchers have walked the ...
GERMANY | Germany's Islamophobes: a social movement or flash mob?

Monday, 5 January 2015, 13:26 | Source: Al Jazeera America | | Click here for original article

On Monday evenings Germans in many cities across the country have been gathering for months to oppose the supposed Islamization of Germany. Centered in the eastern city of Dresden, a diffuse, until recently unknown group called Patriotische Europäer gegen eine Islamisierung des Abendlandes (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the ...
UKRAINE | Failure to slam neo-Nazis in Kiev sure sign something wrong with EU - Czech president

Monday, 5 January 2015, 13:17 | Source: Focus News | | Click here for original article

That the European Union has refrained from saying at least something critical about the recent torch-light street procession by neo-Nazis in Kiev is a sure sign some something is fundamentally wrong with the EU, Czech President Milos Zeman said on a local radio station. The procession and the way it had ...
GERMANY | Germany braces itself for New Year PEGIDA marches

Monday, 5 January 2015, 13:12 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

On Monday, the first marches of 2015 will also see the first turnout of protesters in the country's capital, Berlin. Playing on the Berlin tourism mark of the Berlin Bear, "Bärgida" currently has just short of 600 people listed as attending on the Facebook event page. More are expected to ...
GERMANY | Muslims to march in protest at widespread racial hatred

Saturday, 3 January 2015, 22:58 | Source: Daily Sabah | | Click here for original article

In the face of massive anti-Islam protests organized by Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA), Germany will witness a major counter-demonstration on Jan. 5 to protest widespread hatred toward Muslims in German society, which has a long history of fear of foreigners, dating back to the Nazi ...
GERMANY | “They have hatred in their hearts”: Angela Merkel delivers stinging attack on Germany's growing anti-Islamic protesters

Saturday, 3 January 2015, 22:57 | Source: Independent | | Click here for original article

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, used her New Year’s address to deliver her most outspoken attack to date on Germany’s growing anti-Islamic protest movement. She accused its leaders of “prejudice, coldness and hatred”, charging that they hijacked and abused political slogans that helped to topple the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. The ...
GERMANY | German employers: PEGIDA is 'damaging' Germany's image

Saturday, 3 January 2015, 22:31 | Source: Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

The head of an employers group has said Germany's image is being damaged by an anti-foreigner movement. Officials at Cologne's cathedral have said they will turn off floodlights to counter a protest set for Monday. Ingo Kramer, head of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), told the Munich-based magazine Focus ...
GERMANY | Cologne cathedral to switch off lights in protest at anti-Muslim march

Saturday, 3 January 2015, 22:19 | Source: Guardian | | Click here for original article

Cologne Cathedral at night. Photograph: Corbis Cologne Cathedral, one of Germany’s most famous landmarks, will be plunged into darkness on Monday evening in protest at a march by a grassroots anti-Muslim movement through the western German city. The rise of Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) has shaken the ...
UKRAINE | Ukraine nationalists march in Kiev to honour Bandera

Saturday, 3 January 2015, 22:14 | Source: BBC | | Click here for original article

An estimated 2,500 protesters have turned out for a nationalist march in central Kiev Ukrainian nationalists have marched through Kiev to honour the World War Two anti-Soviet leader Stepan Bandera. At the rally far-right leader Oleh Tyahnybok, who heads the Svoboda party, urged the authorities to return "Hero of Ukraine" status to ...
SWEDEN | Solidarity in Sweden after arson attacks on mosques

Saturday, 3 January 2015, 22:07 | Source:Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

Scores of red paper hearts hang on the entrance to the mosque in Uppsala. Hundreds of demonstrators are standing outside, and all of them shouting "Rör inte min Moské!" - or don't touch my mosque! Thirty different civil rights groups called for protests in Sweden, for the protection of the ...
GERMANY | Cracks appear in leadership of German euroskeptic AfD party

Saturday, 3 January 2015, 22:05 | Source:Deutsche Welle | | Click here for original article

In a letter obtained by media on Saturday, several of the AfD's leading officials called on Bernd Lucke (pictured above) to shelve his plans to take sole control of the upstart euroskeptic party's leadership. Lucke, the face of the party and its founder, currently serves as chair with two others ...
FRANCE | Members of French far-right party spike vice-president's drink with laxative

Friday, 2 January 2015, 00:13 | Source:Guardian | | Click here for original article

Two young members of France’s far right National Front have been expelled from the party for spiking the drink of its second-in-command with a laxative. The incident took place while FN vice-president Louis Aliot, who is also the boyfriend of party leader Marine Le Pen, was visiting the party’s Bordeaux offices ...
SWEDEN | Sweden hit by third mosque arson attack in a week

Friday, 2 January 2015, 00:08 | Source:Yahoo News | | Click here for original article

Swedish police launched a manhunt Thursday after the third arson attack against a mosque in a week, amid growing tensions over the rise of a far right anti-immigration movement. "People saw a man throwing something burning at the building," police in Uppsala said in a statement, adding that the mosque ...