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UKIP’s racist allies

October 23, 2014

Any student of politics in Eastern and Central Europe soon discovers that there are layers of complexity which we in Western Europe often find difficult to grasp.

One of those layers concerns the region’s attitude to Jews, which often seems to be based on different gradations of antisemitism, some implicit and some explicit.

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Jewish UKIP members defend link with extremist

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2014

Leading Jewish Ukip members have defended the party’s defence of its alliance with an MEP whose party leader makes racial slurs and questions the Holocaust.

Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament recruited Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz.

Mr Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the Congress of the New Right led by Janusz Korwin-Mikke.

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EU threatens sanctions against Israel over peace process

By Orlando Radice, October 8, 2014

According to a senior European diplomat, the EU is working on a series of bilateral sanctions against Israel that will be implemented if the peace process continues to stagnate.

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Lithuanian pro-shechitah vote welcomed

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2014

Lithuania has enshrined the right of Jews to practise shechita in law.

The Baltic country’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday. permitting the religious slaughter of animals without pre-stunning.

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Why Sharansky is wrong to write off European Jewry

By Barbara Spectre, August 18, 2014

“I believe we are beginning to see the end of Jewish history in Europe”
Natan Sharansky, JC July 25

Dear Natan,

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EU's €24m Gaza monitor does no monitoring

July 4, 2014

The most inactive European Union body in the Middle East is hiring.

By its own admission, EUBAM has not done its specified job for seven years: it is in charge of supervising a border - the crossing between Gaza and Egypt - that has been closed almost every day since June 2007.

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Ukip's foul allies?

June 6, 2014

It is deeply disturbing that Nigel Farage appears to be rushing to embrace and ally with Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (5SM). Mr Farage has so far wisely kept well away from the likes of Marine Le Pen. But the leader of the Front National at least attempts to portray her party as free from antisemitism. Grillo, on the other hand, regularly uses antisemitic tropes in his campaigning.

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French police arrest Brussels shooting suspect

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2014

A suspect has been arrested over the killing of four people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum last Saturday.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a French citizen from the northern French town of Roubaix, was taken into custody in Marseille on Friday. He was said to have in his possession a gun and a Kalashnikov assault rifle of the sort used in the May 24 attack.

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European election: going backwards

By Michael Goldfarb, May 28, 2014

Symbolism. That’s what the European parliamentary elections are really about. Voting for representatives to a legislative body that has no real power but is a “symbol” of a united Europe.

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Far right make gains in European elections

By JC Reporter, May 26, 2014

Far right parties made gains across Europe in the elections for the European Parliament as voters expressed their anger against the EU.

In France, Marine Le Pen’s Front National topped the poll with 25 per cent of the vote.
Ms Le Pen described the result as support for "France for the French",

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