18th Jul 2013

Germany: Europe-wide raid on alleged right-wing extremist group ‘werewolf’

Authorities in northern Europe have raided the homes of several alleged right-wing extremists. Investigators suspect their group, dubbed “werewolf,” of planning terrorist attacks on German soil. Police in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland swept into homes, offices and jail cells … Continued

16th Jul 2013

Greece: Greeks launch strikes ahead of key parliament vote

Strikes by various public sector workers have begun in Greece ahead of a key vote in parliament that would see the first job cuts due to austerity measures. The cuts are part of conditions for an international bailout. Municipal police … Continued

15th Jul 2013

France: Hollande addresses French infrastructure in Bastille Day interview

Francois Hollande has said France needs to ensure upkeep of train lines after a derailment left six people dead. Earlier on Sunday, African troops marched alongside France’s military in the Bastille Day parade. A main point in the French president’s … Continued

13th Jul 2013

Sweden: Twitter hands over data on anti-Semitic tweeters

[Twitter hands over data to French authorities on anti-Semitic tweeters. Photo: Screengrab]   Twitter has handed over data to French authorities to help identify the authors of anti-Semitic tweets following a complaint from a Jewish students’ group, AFP reported on … Continued

13th Jul 2013

France: At least six killed in French train derailment

Rescuers work at the site of derailed train in a railway station in Bretigny-sur-Orge, south of Paris, on July 12, 2013. Up to six people have been killed after a train derailed in a Paris suburb on Friday afternoon. (Xinhua/Li … Continued

11th Jul 2013

Germany: Witness testifies on first alleged neo-Nazi murder

The Munich court probing a neo-Nazi murder series has heard testimony on the first killing in 2000. A passing motorist said he saw two men dash from a roadside stall where flower seller Enver Simsek was fatally shot. Germany’s trial … Continued

10th Jul 2013

Italy: Standard & Poor’s downgrades Italy by one notch

The ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Italy’s credit score by one place. S&P noted that the country’s creditworthiness might well take a further hit in the not-too-distant future. The New York-based agency announced on Tuesday that it was … Continued

9th Jul 2013

Greece: Troika gives Greece most of the money requested to avoid default

Creditors will release 6.8 billion euros to Greece in its latest emergency loan tranche. Meanwhile, in Athens, thousands rallied against harsh cuts required by the international lenders. Monday’s deal spared Greece from default but will require the country to drive … Continued

7th Jul 2013

Finland: Majority of Finns oppose Turkey’s EU membership

HELSINKI, (Xinhua): A latest poll showed that nearly 70 percent of Finns oppose Turkey’s EU membership, although the country has applied for the bloc’s membership since 1987, local media reported Saturday. The online survey was carried out by Think If … Continued

5th Jul 2013

EU threatens end to US data deals over Snowden revelations

The European Parliament has called on the US to reveal the extent of its electronic spying operations in Europe. The debate came in the wake of revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden on the PRISM spy operation. The European Parliament has … Continued

5th Jul 2013

Portuguese parties reach accord to save Coelho government

Portugal’s center-right coalition government has been saved from collapse after ministers found a way to ensure stability. The government looked set to implode after two top-level resignations. Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announced on Thursday that he was “convinced” that … Continued

3rd Jul 2013

Portugal foreign minister steps down in second major ministerial resignation

Portugal’s foreign minister has stepped down just one day after the finance minister handed in his resignation. Paulo Portas said he was opposed to the appointment of the finance minster’s austerity-focused successor. Portas announced his departure in a written statement … Continued

3rd Jul 2013

Austria: Bolivia says president’s jet diverted over Snowden ‘rumor’

Bolivia’s foreign minister has said President Evo Morales’ plane was denied clearance over French and Portuguese airspace, forcing it to land in Vienna. He said this followed a “lie” that Edward Snowden was on board. Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said … Continued

1st Jul 2013

Croatians celebrate their entry into the European Union

Croatians are celebrating their entry into the European Union as the once war-torn nation becomes the bloc’s 28th member. Many hope membership will help boost Croatia out of recession. At the stroke of midnight on Sunday, Croatia joined the EU, … Continued

30th Jun 2013

EU: United States’ NSA spied on European Union offices

 [Photo: DPA. National Security Administration headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland: The NSA conducted digital eavesdropping against EU facilities.]   By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosebach, Fidelius Schmid and Holger Stark   Spiegel On Line: America’s NSA intelligence service allegedly targeted the European … Continued

30th Jun 2013

Sweden: Topless Femen activists target Swedish mosque

Three women from the feminist activist movement Femen entered a mosque on Södermalm in central Stockholm on Saturday morning, baring their breats and chanting “No sharia” and “Free women”.  <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” … Continued

28th Jun 2013

Belgium: EU to launch 8-bln-euro youth employment initiative

BRUSSELS, (Xinhua): Top leaders of the European Union (EU) have agreed on an 8-billion-euro youth employment initiative, aimed at solving the urgent issue of youth unemployment as well as boosting small and medium-sized enterprises. EU leaders, who are here attending … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Germany seeks postponement of Turkey EU talks

Germany has been pushing for a postponement of fresh discussions on Turkey’s accession to the European Union, but insists that it is still in favor of the negotiations. The move may see talks delayed until autumn. Germany has pushed for … Continued

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

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