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GERMANY | 'Mini-Merkel' increases majority in bellwether German state polls

Sunday, 26 March 2017, 23:34 | Source: Guardian |

Angela Merkel appears to have emerged unscathed from her first challenge from a resurgent German left as her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party romped to a surprisingly emphatic victory in state elections in the south-west. Though Germany’s least populous state, state elections in the Saarland region are being treated as an ...
POLAND | Football discrimination overlooked

Thursday, 23 March 2017, 10:41 | Source: NEVER AGAIN Association |

The big story in Polish and perhaps international football this week is again the discriminatory behaviour of Polish Football Federation (PZPN) chairman, Zbigniew Boniek. When Polish top division (Ekstraklasa) female spokesperson Karolina Hytrek-Prosiecka suggested a meeting with Boniek, he replied publicly on Twitter: “When discussing football we don't need baba [a ...
SLOVAKIA | Once in the shadows, Europe's neo-fascists re-emerging

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 11:26 | Source: Orange County | Click here for original article

CAKAJOVCE, Slovakia – Head bowed in reverence, Robert Svec gently placed a of blood-red flowers at the foot of the only known statue of Jozef Tiso, Slovakia’s wartime fascist leader, in a weedy monument park known as the Pantheon of Slovak Historical Figures. For years, Svec’s neo-fascist cultural organization, the Slovak Revival ...
SLOVAKIA | Verdict reached on attacker in the case of the neo-Nazi attack on the Mariatchi bar

Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 11:06 | Source: The Slovak Spectator |

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20489484/verict-reached-on-attacker-in-mariatchi-case.html The courts have issued the first strict punishment in the infamous case of the neo-Nazi attack in front of the Mariatchi bar in downtown Nitra, the Denník N daily reported. The district court in Nitra has sentenced Ján Ď., one of the attackers in the Mariatchi beating case, to six and ...
EUROPE | Anti-Semitism rising across West as result of 'populism and isolationism'

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 11:10 | Source: Independent | Click here for original article

Jewish people in Europe are suffering from a virulent wave of anti-Semitism amid a rise in dangerous political extremism that is threatening to divide societies, a senior leader of the community will warn in a meeting with the Pope on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, The Independent has learned. Ahead of his ...
GREECE | Greek neo-Nazis retain swagger despite two-year trial

Sunday, 19 March 2017, 11:00 | Source: Times of Israel | Click here for original article

Nearly two years in the dock over an anti-fascist rapper’s murder have done little to blunt the swagger of Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. The ultranationalist party remains the fourth largest in parliament, and the Greek authorities continue to grapple with how to confront the aggressive actions of many of ...
| To Ban or not to Ban – that is still the question

Friday, 17 March 2017, 14:43 |

Dismay and jubilation vie as European religious minorities mull headscarf ruling By Safya Khan-Ruf Workplaces being allowed to ban the headscarf made headlines around the world this week, provoking outrage, disappointment and in some groups jubilation. The highest court in Europe ruled that Islamic headscarves could be banned at work if this was ...
NETHERLANDS | Wilders slapped

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 22:00 | HOPE not hate/Martin Jordan |

From Martin Jordan in Amsterdam Right-wing liberals win Dutch election against far right Wilders The currently ruling People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) with its leader and current Prime Minister Mark Rutte won the Dutch Parliamentary Election decisively with 31 seats, first exit polls show. The far right Party for Freedom (PVV) ...
| Top European court rules companies can ban headscarf in workplace

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 13:35 | Safya Khan-Ruf/HOPE not hate |

Employers can ban Muslim employees from wearing headscarves as long as other religious symbols are also banned in the workplace, according to a ruling today by the European Court of Justice. The ruling is the first of its kind and comes after a series of legal disputes on the wearing of ...
NETHERLANDS | Will Geert Wilders win the Dutch election? Latest polls for the Netherlands election 2017

Monday, 13 March 2017, 12:05 | http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/754516/Dutc | Source: Source: Express

The anti-Islam leader of the Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) had been riding high on a wave of populism and looked on course to win. But the populist has now lost his clear lead in the polls, putting him behind the current Prime Minister Mark Rutte with only a few ...
NETHERLANDS | Wilders’ one-man band heads for Dutch poll destiny

Monday, 13 March 2017, 11:45 | Source: Financial Times | Source: https://www.ft.com/content/c2827010-03fd-11e7-aa5b-6bb07f5c8e12

The far-right Dutch politician, who labels Moroccan immigrants “scum” and wants to close every mosque in the Netherlands, lives under 24-hour security. Trips outside, such as a recent tour of Spijkenisse near Rotterdam, are rare and unspontaneous. Hemmed in by armed guards, Mr Wilders’ distinctive grin and blond Mozart-esque ...
NETHERLANDS | Who votes for Geert Wilders?

Monday, 13 March 2017, 11:31 | Source: Al-jazeera | Click here for original article

Correction: March 13, 2017: An earlier version of this article stated that Wilders is predicted to win a quarter of the seats in parliament. Polls now show it's closer to almost one-fifth. This story has been updated to reflect this. As the Dutch parliamentary election edges closer, traditional parties fear a ...
CANADA | Canadians march against bigotry, intolerance and Islamophobia

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 13:10 | Source: HOPE not hate |

From MT in Quebec Less than a month after the Islamophobic terror attack that killed fivepeople and wounded twenty at a Quebec City mosque, the far right so-called Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens (CCCC) launched an appeal to organise marches against against Sharia law and globalisation. Claiming to have set up 60 ...
EUROPE | Breitbart’s click-hate echo chamber is a threat to Europe. Here

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 23:17 | Source: Guardian | Source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/07/breitbart-threat-to-europe-postwar-liberal-consensus

Breitbart is not a news website. Nor is it a media outlet, and its staff are not ordinary journalists. Breitbart is a political project, with a specific political agenda, and staffed by willing propagandists. As Hope not Hate’s new report, Breitbart: A rightwing plot to shape Europe’s future shows, while ostensibly ...
EUROPE | The European Union Was Once a Racist, Far-Right Project

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 23:06 | Source: Foreign Policy | Click here for original article

And it could soon be again. On the eve of the French presidential election, the future of France not only hangs in the balance but also that of Europe. Or, at least, a certain idea of Europe — namely, one based on the institutions and laws of the European Union. Marine ...
NETHERLANDS | All eyes on far-right politician Geert Wilders in Dutch election

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 22:58 | Source: FRANCE24 | Click here for original article

Next week’s Dutch election is being widely regarded as a bellwether for populist parties throughout Europe, with the extreme right expected to dramatically increase its presence in parliament. As recently as a few weeks ago it looked as if right-wing populist Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom (PVV) might ...
GERMANY | German neo-Nazis face terror trial over refugee attacks

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 22:49 | Source: The Times of Israel | Click here for original article

Eight members of a German neo-Nazi group are put on trial over terrorism charges, accused of a series of attacks against refugees and political opponents. The so-called “Freital group” — named after the members’ hometown outside Dresden, the capital of the eastern state of Saxony — consists of seven men, aged ...
SLOVAKIA | Slovakia stands accused: new report calls for an end to racist segregation in schools

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 10:49 | Source: ERRC |

By Bernard Rorke A new report published today on March 1, Zero Discrimination Day exposes the shocking extent of school segregation and deeply embedded institutional racism in Slovakia. In this report by the European Roma Rights Centre and Amnesty International, Slovakia stands accused of blatantly denying Romani children access to quality ...