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12th Jan 2014

Spain: Basque protesters defy ban to march for ETA prisoners

  Protesters in the basque region of Spain have rallied to protest about the treatment of imprisoned members of the separatist group ETA. The demonstration was held after an earlier ban imposed by a Madrid court. Tens of thousands marched … Continued

10th Jan 2014

France: Top French court upholds ban against comedian Dieudonne for ‘anti-semitic remarks’

  France’s top administrative court has upheld a ban against a comedian for using anti-semitic jokes. The top court’s decision came just hours before his opening night show in the western city of Nantes.   France’s judges in the Council … Continued

9th Jan 2014

France: French court upholds Muslim veil ban

France’s law banning Muslim head and face veils stood strong on Wednesday against another challenge. A young woman arrested for wearing a veil had sought its dismissal. A French court on Wednesday convicted a young woman for wearing a full-face Islamic veil in … Continued

2nd Jan 2014

France: 1,000 cars torched across France over new year

By Ben McPartland The Local: The custom of burning cars on New Year’s Eve in France shows no sign of being extinguished with authorities reporting that over 1,000 vehicles were destroyed this week. The night was also marred by three … Continued

2nd Jan 2014

Czech Republic: Palestinian ambassador in Prague dies after explosion

Police in the Czech Republic say the Palestinian ambassador has died from injuries sustained in an explosion in his residence in a Prague suburb. Police have ruled out a terrorist attack or foul play. Police said the ambassador, Jamal al-Jamal, … Continued

1st Jan 2014

Latvia becomes 18th eurozone member

RIGA, (Xinhua): After three years of economic struggle, Latvia successfully emerged from a severe recession and became the 18th member of the eurozone on Tuesday. After joining the European Union in 2004, Latvia took some time joining the euro, with … Continued

24th Dec 2013

France urged to scrap hijab ban for school trips

The French government was urged on Monday to overturn a ban on Muslim mothers wearing the Islamic veil while helping teachers on school trips. The move comes amid criticism of France’s strict application of its secular principles. France’s Conseil d’Etat … Continued

21st Dec 2013

Germany: Deutsche Bank settles US mortgage lawsuit regarding Fannie and Freddie

Deutsche Bank, the litigation-laden lender with new management seeking a “change in culture,” has settled a court case with the US authorities. The bank will dole out $1.9 billion to Fannie May and Freddie Mac.  Germany’s biggest lender on Friday … Continued

21st Dec 2013

Britain and US ‘targeted German government, top EU official’

The British and US secret services have been accused of bugging the telephone lines of German government agencies and ministries. London and Washington are also alleged to have spied on a top EU official.  In the latest revelations over US … Continued

19th Dec 2013

EU finance ministers agree banking union accord

  EU finance ministers have reached agreement on how to set up an institution tasked with shutting down or propping up failing banks. It offers Brussels unprecedented powers aimed at preventing taxpayer-funded bailouts.  Months of heated negotiations finally came to … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Ukraine protesters hold rival rallies in Kyiv

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Ukraine’s capital to protest President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign an association pact with the EU. The bloc says “work” on the deal has now been put “on hold.” Some 200,000 anti-government demonstrators … Continued

15th Dec 2013

Germany: Surprises expected as German grand coalition announces ministerial posts

Attention in Berlin is focused on the allocation of ministerial positions in Germany’s new grand coalition. A few surprises are expected, with labor minister Ursula von der Leyen expected to get the defense portfolio. Perhaps the greatest surprise in the … Continued

14th Dec 2013

Ukraine President Yanukovych refuses to resign as opposition talks yield little

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych has resisted calls for his resignation in talks with the opposition. Yanukovych said there was no need for him to quit after weathering a parliamentary no-confidence vote. Yanukovych met with opposition leaders Vitali Klitschko (the Udar … Continued

12th Dec 2013

Ukraine opposition rejects talks with Yanukovych after Kyiv assault

Protesters have dismissed an offer of talks from Ukraine’s president, saying he must resign. Earlier Wednesday, riot police retreated from Independence Square, having failed to clear demonstrators from a protest camp. Pressed by the EU and US Wednesday after enduring … Continued

12th Dec 2013

The Netherlands: Dutch water company ends partnership with Israeli firm

Dutch water supplier Vitens has ended a partnership with Israeli water company Mekorot due to the “political context,” the Dutch company said on Wednesday. The abrupt decision comes days after a visit to the Mekorot offices in Occupied Palestine by … Continued

11th Dec 2013

Ukrainian police move into Independence Square in Kiev

KIEV, (Xinhua): Ukrainian riot police began moving into Kiev’s Independence Square early Wednesday, where protesters were demonstrating for European integration. Hundreds of police officers confronted protesters who had been there over a week as they tried to dismantle the barricades … Continued

11th Dec 2013

Marathon EU talks over bail-out fund for banks

  Marathon talks between European Union finance ministers have brought the creation of a central body to deal with failing banks closer to fruition. The aim is to avoid using taxpayer money to bail out or wind up lenders.   … Continued

5th Dec 2013

Germany launches probe for far-right motives in unsolved murders

  Germany is set to re-examine almost 750 cases of killings or attempted killings to see if the suspects had far-right motives. This follows a scandal over 10 murders that were only belatedly traced to a neo-Nazi cell. The German … Continued

4th Dec 2013

Poland faces ECHR in Strasbourg over CIA prison

  Poland has declined to tell the European Court of Human Rights whether it hosted a secret CIA jail. Rights campaigners say the case could help dismantle the wall of secrecy around extraordinary rendition. For the first time, judges questioned … Continued

3rd Dec 2013

Ukraine: Opposition on offensive in protests against President Yanukovych

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have dug in their heels in the capital, occupying Kyiv city hall and blockading the main government building. Ukraine’s prime minister has compared recent protests to a “coup.” Thousands blockaded government buildings Monday and camped … Continued

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