European Union

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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Hoess grandson warns of Euro Nazi danger

By Toby Axelrod, May 23, 2014

Ahead of the EU parliamentary elections, the youth wing of Sweden’s main pro-European party has reached out to an unlikely ally — the grandson of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess — for help in fending off the far-right.

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Building a European nightmare

By Alex Brummer, May 22, 2014

The American Anti-Defamation League’s survey of global antisemitism is truly shocking. In the 102 countries surveyed, 26 per cent found that long-circulated stereotypes about Jews are alive and well. These ranged from “Jews are more loyal to Israel than their (home) country” and “Jews have too much power in the business world.”

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How Far will it swing? European extremist parties are expected to make record gains in the election this weekend

By Toby Axelrod, Valentina Jovanovski, Orlando Radice, Marcus Dysch, Nathalie Rothschild, Cecelia Rencatti, May 22, 2014

Far-right and populist parties could take at least a quarter of the votes in the European Parliamentary elections.

And with parties such as Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France and the Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party in Holland poised to form a parliamentary alliance, alarm bells are ringing.

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Majority of Labour Euro candidates back anti-Israel measures

By Marcus Dysch, May 20, 2014

Dozens of Labour’s European election candidates have pledged to support anti-Israel measures if elected, with one referring to a "holocaust in Palestine".

They have signed up to five policy points - including a boycott of settlements - promoted by the Labour Friends of Palestine group.

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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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