European Union

Neo-Nazi surge

April 10, 2014

On Sunday, in the heart of Europe, one in five Hungarian votes were cast for a neo-Nazi party. The near-total collapse of the BNP has insulated us from the surge in support for the extreme right across mainland Europe. But the rise of Marine Le Pen — who may well top the French polls in next month’s Euro elections — and other extremists is not going away.

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Germany opens door for neo-Nazis in EU election

By Toby Axelrod, March 20, 2014

A German Supreme Court ruling meant to protect democratic values has paved the way for extremist and anti-democratic parties to win seats in the May EU Parliament elections.

While parties still need to get 5 per cent of the vote to win seats in German legislative bodies, the court found in favour of groups who claim that the existing 3 per cent hurdle for the EU Parliament is anti-democratic.

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EU parliament president proved out of his depth with water remarks

By Nathan Jeffay, February 13, 2014

European Parliament President Martin Schulz’s speech to the Knesset on Wednesday left some MKs from the right-wing Jewish Home party so livid that they walked out as he spoke.

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'Israel is losing support' warns ambassador Matthew Gould

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Israel is losing support across Europe due to its approach to the Palestinians and West Bank settlements, Britain’s ambassador in Tel Aviv has warned.

Matthew Gould said changes were “slowly” becoming apparent in the way British politicians and the media approached Israel.

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Board of Deputies 'manifesto' to assist European candidates

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2014

A draft “manifesto” aimed at informing European Parliament members about key areas of Jewish interest has been published by the Board of Deputies.

Published this week in preparation for May’s European elections, the 20-page document is intended to be a guide for MEPs.

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Dutch pension fund pulls out of Israeli banks

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2014

One of the largest pension asset management companies in the Netherlands has said that it divesting from five Israeli banks because they finance Jewish settlements in occupied territories.

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EU ‘wasted millions’ in Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 12, 2013

An auditing report has raised serious question marks over EU aid money worth hundreds of millions of euros that has been given to the Palestinian Authority.

According to the report, prepared by the European Court of Auditors and revealed by the Financial Times this week, funds transferred to the PA for Gaza were paid to civilians with ties to Fatah who were no longer working.

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Jewish and Muslim heads take Polish schechita ban to EU

By Charlotte Oliver, December 4, 2013

Two leaders from Judaism and Islam have joined up to fight Poland’s ban on ritual slaughter and have now taken their case to the European Union.

Director General of the European Jewish Association (EJA) Rabbi Menachem Margolin partnered with Chief Mufti of Poland Tomasz Miskiewicz last week to lodge an official complaint with the European Commission.

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Outrage over cleaning product called ‘Cyclone B’

By Charlotte Oliver, December 2, 2013

French company IPC-Sa was condemned by the European Union on Monday after it was found to be distributing a range of cleaning products under the name of “Cyclone B” – reminiscent of the “Zyklon B” gas used by the Nazis to murder concentration camp prisoners.

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Israel and EU reach deal on £400m research scheme

By Nathan Jeffay, November 28, 2013

Tensions between Israel and the EU cooled down from boiling point on Tuesday, when the two parties reached a compromise on a bitter disagreement over settlements.

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