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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

Germany: Politicians and press push for NSU court compromise
12th Apr 2013

Germany: Politicians and press push for NSU court compromise

Eight of the people the German neo-Nazi NSU cell allegedly killed were Turkish, another was Greek. No reporters from either country will attend the trial as it stands. Several key figures have called for that to change. Turkish President Abdullah … Continued

Denmark: Thousands of Danish teachers protest mass school closure
12th Apr 2013

Denmark: Thousands of Danish teachers protest mass school closure

At least 30,000 Danish teachers have taken to the streets to protest a closure of schools that has stopped over 800,000 pupils attending classes. They were shut after a dispute over working hours last week. Traffic came to a halt … Continued

Netherlands recall 50,000 tons of meat over horse link
11th Apr 2013

Netherlands recall 50,000 tons of meat over horse link

Photograph: Koen Verheijden/AFP/Getty Images The Netherlands food watchdog has recalled 50,000 tons of meat labelled as beef from companies across Europe. The meat, linked to Dutch company Selten, is suspected of containing horse. The Netherlands’ Food and Consumer Product Safety … Continued

10th Apr 2013

Serbia declares day of mourning for victims of village killing

BELGRADE, (Xinhua): The Serbian government on Tuesday declared Wednesday as a day of national mourning for the victims of a shooting rampage in a small village in central Serbia on Tuesday, local media reported A man killed 13 people in … Continued

9th Apr 2013

EU ‘regrets’ Serbia rejection of Kosovo deal

The European Union has expressed regret over Serbia’s rejection of an EU-brokered deal designed to end tensions with breakaway Kosovo. The move could threaten Serbia’s EU membership aspirations. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton voiced disapproval on Monday of … Continued

France: Air France fined for forcing non-Jewish passenger off flight to Tel Aviv
5th Apr 2013

France: Air France fined for forcing non-Jewish passenger off flight to Tel Aviv

A French court on Thursday ordered Air France to pay a 10,000 euro ($12,800) fine for having ordered a French woman off a flight to Tel Aviv because she was not Jewish. Ankour was taken off the plane in the … Continued

France: French court strikes down Georges Abdallah’s release
5th Apr 2013

France: French court strikes down Georges Abdallah’s release

(Al-Akhbar): France’s highest appeals court has struck down a decision to release Georges Abdallah, 62, jailed in French prisons for 29 years, calling the Lebanese prisoner’s request for parole “irreceivable” on legal grounds. He was granted parole on 21 November … Continued

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