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A hair’s breadth from a massacre: a closer look at the Synagogue shooting in Germany

A gunman killed two people and injured several on Wednesday, but his failure to open the Synagogue's door spared the German city of Halle from a massacre. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Global Europe 16-09-2019

Israel approves new settlement 2 days before polls

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government approved a new settlement in the occupied West Bank on Sunday (15 September), two days ahead of a closely fought election as he seeks to boost turnout among his right-wing base.
Future EU 16-07-2018

Orban in Jerusalem: Challenging days for Europe-Israel relations

Endorsing Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban symbolizes a moral failure for modern-day Zionism. Straying from the high moral standards upon which Israel was established could become a real threat to the existence and well-being of Israel as we know it, and of world Jewry, writes Raanan Eliaz.
Global Europe 13-07-2018

Israel reprimands EU envoy in row over discriminatory bill

Israel summoned the EU ambassador yesterday (12 July) over allegations of interference in the passage of a controversial law which could pave the way for Jewish-only communities.
Future EU 19-02-2018

Orbán calls for global anti-migrant alliance with eye on April elections

Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán called yesterday (18 February) for a global alliance against migration as his right-wing populist Fidesz party began campaigning for an 8 April election in which it is expected to win a third consecutive landslide victory.
Elections 26-09-2017

Jews around world alarmed by far-right breakthrough in Germany

Jewish groups in Europe and the United States expressed alarm at the success of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in Sunday’s parliamentary election and urged other parties not to form alliances with it.
Freedom of thought 12-07-2017

Soros ‘distressed’ by ‘anti-Semitic’ Hungary campaign

US billionaire George Soros hit back yesterday (11 July) at a Hungarian government anti-immigration poster and media campaign that he said uses "anti-Semitic" imagery.

German parliament votes to cut funding to extremist parties

Germany's parliament has changed the constitution so that extremist parties can no longer claim government funds. Critics call that undemocratic, but lawmakers say Germany's political system is entitled to defend itself.
Politics 03-05-2017

Merkel backs defence minister in scandal on far-right supporters in military

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fully backs her defence minister over her handling of a scandal about far-right sympathisers in the military, her spokesman said on Wednesday (3 May), after the arrest of an officer suspected of planning a racially motivated attack.
Elections 13-01-2017

Hungary’s Jobbik ditches far-right past to challenge Orbán in 2018

Hungary's main opposition party, Jobbik, is moving from being a far-right, anti-Semitic radical group to the mainstream, and plans to challenge Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party in the 2018 elections, its leader Gábor Vona said in an interview.
Elections 30-11-2016

Austria’s Jewish community makes unusual recommendation ahead of vote

Austria's Jewish community recommended yesterday (29 November) that voters back an independent candidate at Sunday’s election that could produce the first far-right president in the European Union - the first time it has ever declared an endorsement.
Brexit 17-08-2016

Britons eye ancestry, love to secure post-Brexit rights

From looking up their European ancestry to seeking out a continental soulmate, some Britons are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to keep ties with Europe after the nation's vote to leave the union.

After Orlando: Minority groups united for universal human rights

In the wake of the recent horrific homophobic attack in Orlando, some will use this attack to justify counter-terrorism measures that restrict human rights and lead to backlash against immigrants, Muslims and others, write  Michaël Privot and Evelyne Paradis.

German Jews fear rising anti-Semitism during refugee influx

Ethnic Germans are responsible for the vast majority of anti-Semitic crimes in Germany. But the country's growing Jewish population fears being targeted by Muslim refugees arriving from the Middle East.

Commission wants member states to criminalise hate speech

Justice Commissioner V?ra Jourová said on Thursday (1 October) that member states have the obligation to criminalise hate speech and make sure the law is enforced.
Central Europe 27-08-2015

Polish city wants army’s help in securing ‘Nazi gold train’

City authorities in Wa?brzych, in southwest Poland, stated on Thursday (26 August) that they now know the supposed location of a fabled missing WWII Nazi German train, but that they will not proceed without state help. Radio Poland reports.
Central Europe 23-07-2014

Controversial monument divides Hungarians, angers Jewish community

Protests in central Budapest remain ongoing since Sunday (20 July), after a controversial monument dedicated to “all the victims” of Hungary’s German occupation was erected during the night of 20 to 21 July, the Hungarian press reports.
Languages & Culture 06-09-2010

De Gucht apologises for having offended Jews

European Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht apologised on 3 September for comments he made about Jews in a recent interview. The European Commission distanced itself from the offensive statements, but that did not stop commentators and Jewish organisations from talking of a "new wave" of anti-Semitism and racism across Europe.

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