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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

11th Aug 2013

Germany: US drone deaths not linked to intel swap, says German agency

Germany’s international intelligence agency has admitted to sharing mobile numbers of terrorism suspects with foreign partners. A representative denied that the information could have led to deaths in US drone strikes. The unnamed representative of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) said that … Continued

11th Aug 2013

Sicily: Bodies of six migrants found on the beach, dozens rescued

Six migrants have drowned off Sicily after the boat carrying them from Africa to Europe ran aground, while more than 100 others were saved. The incident comes as the number of people trying to make the passage grows. The bodies … Continued

Sweden: Hague and Bildt book meeting via Twitter
10th Aug 2013

Sweden: Hague and Bildt book meeting via Twitter

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and his UK counterpart William Hague took to Twitter to book a meeting in Stockholm later this month. Bildt, a strong advocate of “Twitter-diplomacy” whose @carlbildt account boasts more than 220,000 Twitter followers, took to … Continued

8th Aug 2013

France’s universities’ heads dismiss ban on wearing of religious symbols

  By Rance Leroy French Tribune:  It was in 2001 that France has come up with a law as per which full-face covering Islamic veil got banned in the public. The ban became a matter of controversy and again, a … Continued

7th Aug 2013

France: Call for hijab ban in French universities

France could be set to go a step further in its ban on the wearing of religious symbols in state schools. A new report has recommended banning the Islamic headscarf and other religious symbols in the country’s universities, a French … Continued

7th Aug 2013

Germany: Right wing terrorist trial adjourns for summer with many unanswered questions

The trial of four suspects, accused of aiding a neo-Nazi terrorist cell, has adjourned for a month-long summer break after being in session for 32 days. So far, the accused have largely refused to answer questions. Judge Manfred Götzl on … Continued

4th Aug 2013

German prosecutors looking into US, UK snooping allegations

Revelations about the surveillance activities of US and British intelligence agencies in Germany could be about to spark a federal investigation. Prosecutors aren’t yet sure whether there is enough evidence for a case. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office has issued an … Continued

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