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13th Sep 2013

EU parliament votes in favour of central bank oversight

The European parliament has voted in favor of centralized oversight for Europe’s largest banks. The supervisory authority is to begin operations late next year. European lawmakers in Strasbourg have voted with a large majority to allow the European Central Bank … Continued

12th Sep 2013

Germany: Burkini swimsuit is ‘compromise,’ says German court

  A teenage Muslim girl adverse to swimming lessons with boys has lost her appeal before Germany’s top administrative court. Judges have ruled that the wearing of a full-length “burkini” swimsuit satisfies Muslim norms.   A top German appeals court … Continued

10th Sep 2013

Norway’s center-right claims election victory, ousts Labour government

Norway’s center-right alliance, led by Conservative Erna Solberg, has claimed victory in the national election. Incumbent Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has conceded defeat after eight years in office. Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg looked set to become Norway’s next prime … Continued

8th Sep 2013

German Muslims increasingly going to Syria

Germany’s domestic security agency has recorded what experts regard as an alarming trend. A growing number of young Germans are traveling to Syria to aid the opposition, potentially getting radicalized along the way. As the international community weighs its response … Continued

8th Sep 2013

Syria: EU foreign ministers suspect Assad regime in chemical weapons attack, await UN

The EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says EU foreign ministers believe the Assad regime was probably behind last month’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria but stopped short of immediate military action. EU foreign ministers who consulted over Syria … Continued

3rd Sep 2013

Germany: Bundestag slams failure to trace NSU neo-Nazi cell

Germany’s Bundestag has adopted a report slating law enforcers’ handling of neo-Nazi murders of mostly Turkish immigrants. Inquiry head Sebastian Edathy said Germany should “never again” underestimate the far-right. The failure of German police and intelligence services to trace a … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Swedish MP’s father arrested in Iraq

The father of a Swedish member of parliament was arrested in Baghdad at the weekend with Swedish foreign ministry officials as yet unable to determine why the man, who is also a politician in Iraq, was detained.<iframe id=”4fb36f8e4417f” name=”4fb36f8e4417f” src=”http://d.thelocal.com/w/1.0/afr?auid=221323&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE” … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

French foreign ministry tapped by NSA, says German magazine

A German magazine has said that the NSA spied on the electronic communications of the French foreign ministry. This comes as France looks to be the most likely ally to join the US in a military strike against Syria. A … Continued

1st Sep 2013

France set to become main US ally in Syria

French President Francois Hollande has made clear his wish to take military action alongside the US against the Syrian regime, making Paris Washington’s main ally in the Syria crisis after Britain backed out of any strikes. French President Francois Hollande … Continued

23rd Aug 2013

Germany: Bundestag report slams law enforcement for right wing terror probe fiasco

A German parliamentary report blames police incompetence for failing to link a series of murders allegedly committed by a neo-nazi gang. Critics fault the report for not addressing claims of institutional racism. After a year and a half of hearings, … Continued

21st Aug 2013

Sweden: Hijab activists demand minister take action

  “We tried to say that there is structural discrimination…but (Justice Minister Beatrice Ask) kept referring to individual responsibilities,” Foujan Rouzbeh, one of the organisers, said at a press conference after the meeting. “I also said that under this government, … Continued

21st Aug 2013

Germany: Man opens fire at sports club house outside of Heidelberg, killing two

A man has reportedly shot several people at a club house outside of the southern German city of Heidelberg. Police said he was involved in an argument at a meeting of property owners. At least two people died in a … Continued

21st Aug 2013

Czechoslovakia: Lawmakers dissolve parliament in wake of Necas bribery scandal

Lawmakers have voted to dissolve the Czech parliament, triggering early elections. The country has been mired in political crisis since the prime minister stepped down over a bribery scandal involving his aide and lover. A total of 140 lawmakers of … Continued

17th Aug 2013

Germany: Merkel warns of far-right extremism in Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for vigilance against far-right extremism in Europe on Saturday, ahead of a visit to a former Nazi concentration camp. Merkel will travel to Dachau near the southern city of Munich on Tuesday, becoming the first … Continued

14th Aug 2013

France: French teen ‘attacked for wearing Muslim veil’

The Local: France witnessed another apparent incident of violent Islamophobia on Tuesday, after it was reported that a 16-year-old girl in the suburbs of Paris was attacked and had her Islamic veil torn off her face.  The teen victim was … Continued

13th Aug 2013

UK: British premier Cameron mulls options in Gibraltar row

Britain is considering taking legal action against Spain over stringent border checks imposed at the border with Gibraltar. It is the latest in an escalating row between the two countries and the disputed territory. Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman said … Continued

12th Aug 2013

France: 10 die on French roads

At least 10 people were killed over the weekend in road traffic accidents in France. In one case, a passenger-driver dispute caused a tourist bus to lose control in the south west of the country, killing two people. France experienced … Continued

12th Aug 2013

France arrests soldier over attack on mosque

PARIS, (Xinhua): A French serviceman has been arrested on charges of having planned an attack against a mosque in Lyon in southern France, a local newspaper reported Sunday. Citing a statement of the interior ministry, the daily Le Parisien said … Continued

12th Aug 2013

Bundesbank expecting new bailout for Greece

Germany’s central bank is expecting a new bailout for Greece by early 2014, according to a news magazine report. So far there has been no coment from the Bundesbank. A report to be published in this week’s edition of Der … Continued

11th Aug 2013

France: Five killed in road accident in southern France

PARIS, (Xinhua): Five people were killed and one critically wounded on Saturday afternoon in a car accident near Carcassonne, southern France, local media reported. The accident occurred around 5 p.m. local time (1500 GMT) when the car negotiated a turn … Continued

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