Archive: October 2013

Police Registry of Roma People widely condemned

Sweden, 18 Sep - 01 Oct 2013

Skåne county police department maintains registry of Roma ++ Kristdemokrater discussing Swedish NATO membership ++ Increasing illegal trade with Swedish passports. by Sarah Onkels

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Fight over Working Hours and Integration of Roma People

France, 22 Sep - 05 Oct 2013

Late-night work and working on Sundays provoke breaches of law ++ “Roma people are called upon to return to Romania” ++ News about missing girl: mother and her partner confess. by Catherine Grünewald

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Who wants to govern? Germany after the Election

Germany, 23 Sep - 02 Oct 2013

Germany is speculating coalitions, 7 million voters not represented ++ The Greens – a new Leadership and identity? ++ The right-wing terrorist trial, or: who has seen Beate Zschäpe? ++ Three workers killed in mining accident in Thuringia. by Sandra Czech

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Dutch revisit Pim Fortuyn's Murder and its consequential Change of Politics

Netherlands, 24 Sep - 07 Oct 2013

Request for probation of Pim Fortuyn's murderer sparks new controversy ++ Government open to negotiate budget proposals with opposition ++ Dutch-Russian relations in troubled waters as crew of Greenpeace ship gets arrested ++ US government shut-down also affects the Netherlands. by Kirsten Lucas

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Italians debate Human Rights in Prisons and Lampedusa

Italy, 27 Sep - 09 Oct 2013

Over 300 dead immigrants off the coast of Lampedusa ++ On crimes and punishments: Napolitano’s appeal against harsh prison conditions ++ To split or not to split? Letta wins in vote of confidence, while Berlusconi's party faces major changes. by Marco Calabrò, Marco Jelic, Vittoria Carraro

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A big Loss and a big Win for Belgium

Belgium, 28 Sep - 11 Oct 2013

Wilfried Martens – Goodbye for a great statesman ++ Humble Belgian scientist wins Nobel Prize in Physics ++ Di Rupo government not running out of steam. by Lauren Heeffer

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Historic Ceremonies: Liberation of Auschwitz turns 69, Lech Walesa 70

Poland, 30 Sep - 13 Oct 2013

Israeli politicians will attend anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz ++ Party system in motion – new political alliances arise ++ 70th birthday of national icon Lech Walesa. by Lukas Plewnia

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Sweden vs. Russia, Reinfeldt vs. Löfven… and also Football Qualifiers

Sweden, 02 Oct - 15 Oct 2013

'No gay couples!' – Russia stops adoptions to Sweden ++ Party leaders' debate a preview of politically busy year 2014 ++ Swedish football team qualifies for playoffs for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. by Jens Ummethum

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A luxurious Bishop, a wealthy Family and a Grand Coalition in Focus

Germany, 03 Oct - 16 Oct 2013

Bishop under Pressure: prosecution pleads for penalty order, public calls for resignation ++ Grand coalition on its way? New government within sight ++ Big party donation by BMW mayor shareholders gets CDU in trouble ++ National football team qualified for World Cup 2014. by Daniel Rätz

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The Rise of the Right, an expulsed Roma Girl & Relenting into Reforms

France, 06 Oct - 19 Oct 2013

Rise of the Right – French Nationalists Party Highest in Pole Ratings ++ Roma Girl hauled from School Bus and deported ++ Pension Reform Adopted. by Sabrina Hambloch

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Gay Rights, Greenpeace, arrested Diplomats – Tough Times for Dutch-Russian Relations

Netherlands, 08 Oct - 21 Oct 2013

Tensions flare during the year of Dutch-Russian friendship ++ After long negotiations: Opposition and trade unions agree with government’s budget proposal ++ The 400 dead of Lampedusa lead to debate on EU’s strategy on migration. by Jessica van Zinnicq Bergmann

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Ashes to Ashes? Or how to bury the War Criminal Erich Priebke

Italy, 10 Oct - 23 Oct 2013

Debate on funeral of former SS officer Erich Priebke ++ Berlusconi: two years ban from public office ++ A Fiscal bill to lower taxes – not enough for trade unions and employers association ++ Another 200 migrants arrive at the coast of Sicily – Italy debates immigration policy. by Anja Berger, Marco Calabrò, Marco Jelic

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Rise of a new Belgitude: Bad News for Flemish Nationalists

Belgium, 12 Oct - 25 Oct 2013

N-VA reaches limit ++ Plane crashes… again ++ Black Pete: racism or folklore? by Daan Fonck

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Poland mourns first free elected Premier Mazowiecki and refines foreign Reputation

Poland, 14 Oct - 27 Oct 2013

The first Prime Minister of the free Poland passed away ++ Civic Platform on the rise again ++ New Polish foreign policy efforts. by Maciej Wilga

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The Bulgarian Way (II): Cultural Identity & Media Landscape

Bulgaria, 15 Oct - 15 Oct 2013

Sofia – European Capital of Culture for 2019? ++ Media landscape in Bulgaria ++ Holy Day of Letters & Bulgarian Identity. by Raycho Penchev

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NATO Exercises in the Baltic Sea – Sweden’s first time

Sweden, 16 Oct - 29 Oct 2013

Neutral Sweden joins NATO military manoeuvre “Steadfast Jazz” ++ Secret and controversial Facebook group of police officers discovered ++ South Sweden hit hard by storm “Simone”. by Maciej Wilga

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I’ve been watching you, Angela: Indignation over NSA Surveillance

Germany, 17 Oct - 30 Oct 2013

Eavesdropping on Merkel: bad times for German-US relations ++ (Grand) coalition talks continue with major issues unresolved ++ Tiny opposition? New parliament has been constituted ++ Pope puts unpopular ”Bishop of Bling” on the bench. by Team Germany

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‘Red Caps’ defend their Jobs & ‘343 Bastards’ claim Right to Prostitution

France, 20 Oct - 02 Nov 2013

Government forced to suspend new ‘eco-tax’ ++ French hostages freed after three years in Niger ++ ‘343 bastards’ defend their right to visit prostitutes. by Ina Berger

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Dutch Army in Mali: Responsibility to protect or Hard Sell for a Seat in the Security Council?

Netherlands, 22 Oct - 04 Nov 2013

Dutch army mobilises for peacekeeping mission in Mali ++ Party for Freedom kicks out MP for criticising Geert Wilders, the party leader ++ The British Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined the Dutch Rabobank. by Kirsten Lucas

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Dangerous Liaisons – Italy’s Minister of Justice in Trouble

Italy, 24 Oct - 06 Nov 2013

Dangerous liaisons for the Minister of Justice: Cancellieri in trouble over the “Ligresti Affaire” ++ Datagate scandal involves Italy ++ Pope initiates worldwide enquiry on gay marriage, birth control and divorce. by Anja Berger, Marco Calabrò

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Bulgaria on the Barricades – Refugee Policy & #OccupySofia

Bulgaria, 25 Oct - 07 Nov 2013

Another brick in the ‘European Wall’? Bulgaria starts construction of a security fence to stop migrants from Syria ++ Bulgarian students lock horns with the government ++ Street art or political act? A spray-painted monument to communist partisans. by Raycho Penchev

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Black Mark on Brussels: MP accused of Murder, Scandals in homeless environment

Belgium, 26 Oct - 08 Nov 2013

Member of Parliament accused of murder ++ Head of homeless organisation earns big money ++ 200 homeless evicted over night. by Christophe Christiaens

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U.S. Secretary of State visits Poland, Parents Initiative gets thwarted by Sejm

Poland, 28 Oct - 10 Nov 2013

Praise & NSA discussion – John Kerry’s visit in Poland ++ Parliament refuses referendum on school enrollment ++ Catholics celebrate All Saints, German Protestant Prize for former Premier Buzek. by Dorota Redzikowska

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Separating the 'Good' from the 'Bad' – yet another ugly School Scandal

Sweden, 30 Oct - 12 Nov 2013

Demand for change in Swedish school law after new scandal ++ Swedish organisations among the first helpers in the Philippines ++ Sweden or Switzerland? China seeks to distinguish countries better. by Sarah Onkels

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Weeks of Rejection: No Asylum for Edward Snowden and ‘Nolympics’ for Bavaria

Germany, 31 Oct - 13 Nov 2013

German government will not offer asylum to NSA whistleblower Snowden ++ 1500 Nazi-confiscated paintings recovered by police in Munich ++ Voters in Bavaria reject hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 2022. by Katharina Winter

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