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Future EU 30-07-2018

Orbán sees shift to illiberal Christian democracy in 2019 European vote

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Saturday (28 July) that European parliament elections next year could bring about a shift toward illiberal "Christian democracy" in the European Union that would end the era of multiculturalism.
Freedom of thought 06-07-2018

EU must get serious about tackling Islamophobia

The European Commission is appointing its new coordinator on anti-Muslim hatred. This is a key opportunity to re-assess this role and ensure the coordinator has a clear human rights based mandate and meaningful resources to tackle racism and discrimination against Muslim communities in Europe, which have been lacking so far.
Brexit 19-06-2017

Van rams worshippers leaving London mosque

A van ploughed into worshippers leaving a London mosque on Monday (19 June), killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain's largest Muslim organisation said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia.
Freedom of thought 12-04-2017

Figel reappointed as EU Special Envoy on religious freedom

The EU’s first ever Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU has been reappointed to another 12-month term.
Freedom of thought 28-02-2017

Right-wing Polish priest barred from Britain

A right-wing Polish priest has complained he was “banned from defending Christian children”, after being turned away from the UK at the weekend.
Elections 05-09-2016

Merkel beaten into third place in home state election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were beaten into third place by the anti-immigrant and anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a north-eastern state election on Sunday, TV exit polls showed.

The AfD’s ‘perjury’ problem

Sometimes an accusation is all that’s required. Under investigation on Wednesday (25 May) for lying under oath to the Saxon state parliament, for Frauke Petry’s critics the allegation could not have been more apt. Suspected of covering up loans made to her Alternative fuer Deutschland party, the right-wing politician could face up to five years in prison for perjury.
Elections 28-04-2016

AfD readies for congress, banks on Islamophobia

Germany's right-wing populist AfD (Alternative for Germany) plans to adopt an anti-Islamic manifesto at a weekend party congress, emboldened by the rise of European anti-migrant groups like Austria's Freedom Party.
Central Europe 27-01-2016

Andriukaitis: Please be worried

"I know what it means to be discriminated (against)... and when I hear anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, and xenophobic speech, it’s like a bell ringing, telling people 'Please be worried'," Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Donald Trump stirs global outrage with anti-Muslim comment

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump yesterday (8 December) defended his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, comparing his plan to the World War Two detainment of Japanese-Americans in an attempt to dismiss growing outrage from around the world.
Med & South 18-11-2015

Remember Paris!

If being European is not able to inspire, then it is only right that Europe is occupied by a culture which can, writes Žiga Turk.

Anti-Islam PEGIDA gets boost from refugee crisis

The German Islamophobic movement PEGIDA staged its biggest rally in months yesterday (19 October), reinvigorated on its first anniversary by anger at the government's decision to take in nearly a million refugees from the Middle East.
Elections 14-04-2015

Wilders woos Pegida followers in Germany

Dutch far-right populist lawmaker Geert Wilders and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) rallied thousands of Pegida followers in eastern Germany yesterday (13 April) to counter society's "Islamisation" but failed to draw the record crowds organisers had hoped for.
Languages & Culture 26-02-2015

Austria passes ‘Law on Islam’ banning foreign money for Muslim groups

Austria's parliament passed a law on Wednesday (25 February) that seeks to regulate how Islam is administered, singling out its large Muslim minority for treatment not applied to any other religious group.

Czech Republic looks to older EU members for cues on immigration

The Czech Republic has a tiny Muslim population, but it has also seen a sharp rise in anti-Islamic sentiment in recent months. That has prompted the government to look at the experience of immigration of older EU member states, EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

German refugee centres face drastic rise in extremist attacks

The number of violent attacks on refugee centres in Germany increased in 2014 compared to the previous year, with analysts indicating connections to the anti-Muslim Pegida movement, and beyond. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Languages & Culture 06-02-2015

Sigmar Gabriel seeks dialogue with Pegida followers

“Pegida very clearly belongs” to Germany, said Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, warning against marginalising followers of the anti-Islam movement, and asserting citizens' democratic right to be politically reactionary. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Merkel vows to fight intolerance at Berlin rally

A day after anti-Islam protesters marched in record numbers in Dresden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her government would do everything in its power to fight intolerance, calling discrimination based on religious faith "humanly reprehensible".
Languages & Culture 13-01-2015

Germany rocked by anti-Islamist and pro-immigration demonstrations

A record 25,000 anti-Islamist protesters marched through the east German city of Dresden on Monday (12 January), many holding banners with anti-immigrant slogans, and held a minute's silence for the victims of last week's attacks in France.

Amid rising racism, Muslims embrace German values

A large portion of Muslims in Germany share the country’s democratic values, a Bertelsmann study shows, but unfortunately this fact is not recognised by a majority of the population, which views Islam as a threat. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Germany’s right-wing populists join hands with anti-Islamist Pegida

After a joint meeting between representatives from the Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the anti-Islamist Pegida movement, the two groups seem to have found common ground. EURACTIV Germany reports.
"I am Charlie", the slogan of solidarity.
Languages & Culture 08-01-2015

Paris attack underscores a deeper malaise

Wednesday's deadly attack against a French satirical publication has the potential to upset relations between European states and their Muslim citizens, writes George Friedman.
Security 08-01-2015

German extremists say Paris attack shows Islamist threat

Anti-immigrant groups in Germany seized on Wednesday's deadly attack in Paris, with leaders of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and nationalist PEGIDA movement saying it showed the threat of Islamist violence.

Anti-Islam protests ‘tearing apart’ German society

Amid a new wave of racist, Islamophobic demonstrations, leading migration researchers warn of a division of German society. EURACTIV Germany reports.