European Union

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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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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