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7th May 2013

Sweden: No probe into Stockholm police’s ‘racial profiling’

The Local: Sweden’s Ombudsmen for Justice (JO) announced on Monday it will not investigate the alleged racial profiling carried out by Stockholm police in the city’s public transit system during a push to deport illegal immigrants. The “internal border controls” … Continued

7th May 2013

Ukraine: Hostel fire kills 3, injures 10

KIEV, (Xinhua): Three people were killed and 10 others were hospitalized in a hostel fire in Kharkiv, a city in eastern Ukraine Monday, local media reported. The fire broke out at the nine-storey hostel at 6:13 a.m. local time (0413GMT), … Continued

7th May 2013

Germany: Murder trial adjourned as judges consider defense complaints

The trial of the main suspect and accomplices accused in the murders of 10 mainly foreign residents of Germany is to continue next week, after its opening session was adjourned. The case has drawn worldwide attention.   Munich’s Upper Regional … Continued

1st May 2013

The Netherlands: Dutch King Willem-Alexander inaugurated

King Willem-Alexander has officially ascended the Dutch throne. In his speech, he vowed to serve the Netherlands following his mother’s example. Queen Beatrix officially ended her 33-year-reign the same day. More than 2,000 guests filled Amsterdam’s de Nieuwe Kerk (The … Continued

30th Apr 2013

Czech Republic: Explosion brings Prague to standstill

An explosion in Prague’s historic district has left dozens injured. Rescue workers were searching the rubble for missing persons. Meanwhile, the confusion has brought life in the Czech Republic’s capital to a standstill. Emergency services led sniffer dogs through the … Continued

28th Apr 2013

Italy: Three injured in shooting as new Italian Gov’t sworn in

Police maintain security at the scene where gunshots were fired in Rome, Italy, April 28, 2013. Two policemen and a passer-by were shot and injured on Sunday outside the government building, which is close to the presidential palace where Prime … Continued

28th Apr 2013

Italy forms new coalition government

A new coalition government has been formed in Italy under the leadership of Prime Minister Enrico Letta. The new Cabinet will be sworn in on Sunday morning. Letta is deputy leader of the center-left Democratic Party which has opposed former … Continued

25th Apr 2013

Switzerland announces plan to limit EU immigration

The Swiss government has announced plans to limit immigration from EU countries in Western Europe. Switzerland says there is growing unease about a rising number of foreigners. The EU has criticized the decision. The Swiss government announced on Wednesday that … Continued

20th Apr 2013

Serbia and Kosovo sign deal to normalize ties

The prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo have put their initials to a deal to normalize relations between their governments. The talks were brokered by the EU, partly with an eye on bloc membership for both parties.   Serbia and … Continued

19th Apr 2013

Germany rejects quotas for women

  Women hold 39 percent of management positions in Norway, but fewer than 10 percent in Germany. But, the German parliament has rejected quotas for top positions with the votes of the governing coalition. In 1979, the United Nations codified … Continued

19th Apr 2013

IMF Chief Lagarde to face questioning in misconduct probe

IMF chief Christine Lagarde will face questions in court next month over a huge state payout made when she was France’s finance minister. Authorities searched her home last month as part of the investigation. Lagarde has been ordered to appear … Continued

16th Apr 2013

Sweden: (The Local): Protests mount against Mustafa’s ouster

Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside Social Democrat headquarters in central Stockholm on Monday night, while others took to the opinion pages of a Swedish daily to protest the ouster of Omar Mustafa over questions about his values. “It’s Social Democrats … Continued

Bosnia & Herzegovina: EUFOR to hold military exercise in BiH
15th Apr 2013

Bosnia & Herzegovina: EUFOR to hold military exercise in BiH

SARAJEVO, (Xinhua): EUFOR is to hold military exercise in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) between April 15 and April 28, local media reported on Sunday. The exercise, codenamed “quick response 2013,” is aimed to demonstrate the ability of EUFOR to successfully … Continued

15th Apr 2013

Montenegrin opposition candidate challenges presidential election results

Montenegrin opposition candidate challenges presidential election results PODGORICA, (Xinhua): Miodrag Lekic, the defeated candidate in Montenegro’s presidential election, has filed an official complaint with the country’s electoral commission, citing numerous irregularities, reported Radio Television Montenegro (RTCG) on Sunday. According to … Continued

14th Apr 2013

Sweden: Social Democrats force out Mustafa over ‘values’

The Local: Embattled Social Democrat Omar Mustafa, who also chairs Sweden’s Islamic Association (Islamiska förbundet), resigned from all his duties with the party on Saturday night, bowing to calls from within the party that he leave the governing board. “The … Continued

14th Apr 2013

Germany: Merkel and Cameron lay groundwork for tax evasion fight

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron have called on G8 countries to show “global leadership” on tax evasion. The pair also want urgent European reform. Merkel and Cameron also spent Saturday, the second day of their … Continued

13th Apr 2013

Serbian village holds funeral for 13 victims of gun massacre

BELGRADE, (Xinhua): A mass funeral was held on Friday for the 13 victims of a bloody rampage in the Serbian village of Velika Ivanca, attended by thousands of mourners, reported Radio Television Serbia (RTS). State Secretary at the Ministry of … Continued

13th Apr 2013

Turkey and Egypt nix NATO meet with Israel

Ankara, (Hürriyet Daily News): Turkey and Egypt oppose NATO’s plans to revive the Mediterranean Dialogue group and bring together Israel and six Arab countries, as Turkish officials say the move is ‘not because of Israel’ An initiative to bring Israel … Continued

13th Apr 2013

Germany: Merkel and Cameron talk EU reform

British Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Germany, where is expected to press for EU reform during talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Cameron plans to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU. Merkel and Cameron’s working dinner on Friday … Continued

12th Apr 2013

Germany: India’s PM visits Berlin, free trade deal still distant

Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have hailed Germany and India “taking a step closer together” in a Berlin meeting. A desired free trade deal with the EU remains a pipedream for now though. The German chancellor told reporters … Continued

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