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23rd Jun 2013

Albania: Political row overshadows Albania vote

Albanians have begun voting in elections that will play a crucial role in its bid to join the EU. Polls suggest a tight race, while a short-staffed electoral commission has raised the likelihood of a disputed result. Since the collapse … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

EU finance ministers fail to agree on rules for shutting banks

EU finance ministers have failed to agree on how to downsize or close banks without calling on taxpayers to bail out struggling lenders. A disagreement between France and Germany was a major stumbling block. Following at least 18 hours of … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Germany and Turkey summon each other’s ambassadors over EU comments

Germany and Turkey remain at odds after summoning each other’s ambassadors on Friday. Turkey’s EU affairs minister has accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of opposing the country’s accession for political reasons. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called the envoy “due … Continued

20th Jun 2013

Turkey: More trouble in store for Turkey’s deadlocked EU bid

[German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attend a press conference in Ankara. Merkel's conservative coalition has rejected Turkey's EU bid. (Photo: Cihan, Emrullah Bayrak)] Istanbul, (Today’s Zaman): Turkey responded defiantly to disconcerting signals that its … Continued

18th Jun 2013

France: Muslim woman loses baby after veil attack

The Local: A pregnant Muslim woman who was allegedly attacked in the suburbs of Paris by two ‘skinheads’ for wearing an Islamic face veil has suffered a miscarriage, it was reported on Tuesday. According to reports in the French media, … Continued

12th Jun 2013

France: EU parliament scrutinizes PRISM

European parliamentarians debating revelations over broad US Internet surveillance programs such as PRISM have criticized Washington and demanded that it treat private data of European citizens as confidential. The European Union’s justice commissioner, Viviane Reding, told European parliamentarians in Strasbourg on … Continued

11th Jun 2013

Germany: Chancellor Merkel praises volunteers, pledges more aid for flood victims

The situation in parts of Germany affected by major flooding remains tense, although in some areas, water levels have begun to recede slightly. Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged more state aid for the victims. Chancellor Merkel on Monday praised the … Continued

Germany: Thousands evacuate Magdeburg amid record flood levels
10th Jun 2013

Germany: Thousands evacuate Magdeburg amid record flood levels

[Photos: Some 70,000 firemen, 11,000 soldiers and an immense number of volunteers are fighting the floodwaters. In Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt, the Elbe River has reached its highest point ever in the 1,200 year history of the city. Tens … Continued

9th Jun 2013

Germany braces as flood waters surge north

German emergency personnel have been battling some of the worst floods seen for a decade, as water continued to churn north. The German president is set to visit the affected areas on Sunday. Thousands of residents in the eastern German … Continued

7th Jun 2013

Germany: Neo-Nazi murder trial defendant apologizes to victims’ families

A defendant in a high-profile neo-Nazi trial in Germany has become the first to express regret for his actions. He is one of five on trial in connection with the killings of 10 people, mainly of foreign origin. In his … Continued

7th Jun 2013

Germany: Flood waters drain north as Dresden’s center escapes

Floodwaters are draining into northern Germany as authorities rush to raise dikes. The historic center of Dresden has managed to avoid inundation by waters that have swamped other riverside cities across central Europe. Thousands of people in northeastern Germany were … Continued

6th Jun 2013

France: French far-right as popular as major parties

The Local: The far-right, anti-immigration National Front, led by Marine Le Pen, would match France’s mainstream political parties if European elections were held this weekend, according to a poll published on Wednesday. The survey revealed that the far-right National Front, … Continued

6th Jun 2013

Germany: Defendant at neo-Nazi murder trial describes subculture of hate

A key witness at Germany’s neo-Nazi murder trial in Munich has described a subculture of hate behind fatal attacks on mainly Turkish shop proprietors during his teenage years some 15 years ago. Carsten S, whose name was withheld under German … Continued

6th Jun 2013

Bulgaria: Hizbullah role in bus bombing unproven

Bulgaria said on Wednesday it only had an “indication” that Lebanon’s Hezbollah might have been behind a deadly bus bombing in July and that this alone did not justify any European Union move to list it as a terrorist group. … Continued

Flooding rages on in parts of central Europe
4th Jun 2013

Flooding rages on in parts of central Europe

There is no immediate end in sight to the worst flooding parts of central Europe have seen in years. Among the hardest hit has been the southern German city of Passau. The Danube River, which is one of three that … Continued

3rd Jun 2013

Sweden: Uzbek couple to be tried over imam shooting

A man and woman previously cleared as suspects in the attempted murder of exiled regime-critic Obid Nazarov in northern Sweden will now be tried in the Court of Appeal. The couple are suspected of assisting the man who shot Nazarov … Continued

3rd Jun 2013

Deadly floods hit Germany and central Europe, several killed

Heavy flooding has hit parts of Germany and central Europe, forcing authorities to issue disaster warnings and reinforce defenses. Several people have already been killed, with water levels expected to continue rising. States of emergency were declared in Germany Sunday … Continued

2nd Jun 2013

France: Far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, could lose immunity

Marine Le Pen     A European Parliament committee has voted to lift immunity rights from French MEP Marine Le Pen. The decision followed a request by French prosecutors trying to charge her with inciting religious hatred in a 2010 … Continued

31st May 2013

Sweden: Minister warns Husby unrest may fuel prejudice

Sweden’s Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag warned on Thursday that the unrest in Stockholm’s outer suburbs last week may lead to prejudices about the people who live there. <iframe id=”4fb36f8e4417f” name=”4fb36f8e4417f” src=”http://d.thelocal.com/w/1.0/afr?auid=221323&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” width=”300″ height=”250″><a href=”http://d.thelocal.com/w/1.0/rc?cs=4fb36f8e4417f&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE” ><img src=”http://d.thelocal.com/w/1.0/ai?auid=221323&cs=4fb36f8e4417f&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE” border=”0″ alt=””></a></iframe> … Continued

31st May 2013

UN tribunal acquits Serbian ex-security officials

Two leaders of Serbia’s former secret police have been acquitted of war crimes committed in Bosnia and Croatia. While the ruling was welcomed by Belgrade, victims of wartime atrocities expressed disbelief. Judges sitting at the International Criminal Tribunal for the … Continued

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