Europe

Far-right candidate narrowly defeated in Austrian presidential election

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Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green party leader running as independent, pips the Freedom party’s Norbert Hofer.. A leftwing, independent candidate has narrowly prevented Austria from becoming the first EU country to elect a far-right head of state after a knife-edge contest ended with his opponent conceding defeat. Alexander Van der Bellen, a retired economics professor backed by the Green… Source: Far-right candidate narrowly defeated in Austrian presidential election | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court

Government lawyers expected to make a last-minute application to delay case over translation dispute.. Compensation claims for torture, rape, wrongful detention and forced labour brought by 40,000 Kenyans who allege they were mistreated by British officials during the Mau Mau insurgency are due to be heard in the high court in London on Monday… Source: Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court | Law | The Guardian Read More »

Talks break down between German right-wing AfD, Muslim group

Agence France Presse BERLIN: A meeting between Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party and a Muslim organisation ended in acrimony Monday after less than an hour. A co-chair of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), Frauke Petry, said there was nothing left to talk about after the Muslim group had compared her party to the Nazis. Aiman Mazyek, the head of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD), who initiated the meeting held in a Berlin hotel… Source: Talks break down ... Read More »

Rome’s treatment of censured Irish priests a ‘great scandal’

Catholic bishops urged to develop more just and respectful process for dealing with cases.. An Irish priest censured by the Vatican has cast doubts that his future or the futures of other clerics in his situation will improve following last week’s meeting between Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) colleagues and bishops… Source: Rome’s treatment of censured Irish priests a ‘great scandal’ Read More »

Mona Siddiqui: Support for staying in EU growing by the day

IN the first of our series of key voices in the debate over Scotland’s future, Professor Mona Siddiqui presents the case for staying within the EU.. As Chair of the Scotland Stronger In Europe advisory group, I have been pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm that volunteers from across the country, from Orkney to Dumfries, have shown in taking the case for staying in the… Source: Mona Siddiqui: Support for staying in EU growing by the day – The Scotsman Read More »

Logging to begin in last remaining European primeval forest

Warsaw: It is the last remaining relic of an ancient forest that stretched for millennia across the lowlands of Europe and Russia, a shadowy, mossy woodland where bison and lynx roam beneath towering oak trees up to 600 years old. Conservationists believe the fate of the Bialowieza Forest, which straddles Poland and Belarus, is more threatened that at any time since the communist era due to a new Polish government plan for extensive logging in parts of the forest. The plan ... Read More »

One day at Agkalia (Embrace)

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One day at Agkalia *(Embrace) we encountered group of seemingly tough young men. By Giorgos Tyrikos-Ergas * Μια μέρα στην Αγκαλιά… They set themselves apart from the other groups with the families and were just sitting around and loitering making comments about the volunteers, all kinds of insinuations about the women volunteers, and in general: they looked like trouble. When we started giving away food they did not wait in line. They cut in and grabbed it. To my request ... Read More »

Vote Leave embroiled in race row over Turkey security threat claims

Brexit group ‘appealing to prejudice’ with argument that Turkey’s accession to EU would put Britons at greater risk of crime.. The official campaign to leave the EU fronted by Michael Gove has been accused of “stoking the fires of prejudice” after it claimed that continued membership would put Britons in danger as a result of a high level of criminality among Turkish citizens… Source: Vote Leave embroiled in race row over Turkey security threat claims | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

European bank plans more non-EU loans to stem migration crisis

The European Investment Bank wants to make more loans outside the 28-nation European Union to help tackle the migration crisis and will present plans to European Union leaders at their next meeting in June, its president said in an interview on May 20. Werner Hoyer cited rules that say the bank must lend 90 percent of its funds within the EU but said the EIB could double its loans outside the bloc, expected to be 17.5 billion euros ($20 billion) under ... Read More »

Tatars remain resolute in Kremlin-controlled Crimea

Over two years have passed since Russia annexed Crimea. Tatars are feeling increasingly insecure in their homeland on the Black Sea peninsula. Juri Rescheto reports from Simferopol. Up until about a year ago, Zera Emir-Suin was one of the most well-known television journalists on the Crimean Peninsula. With her sly smile and sharp tongue, she is known as one who fights for what is right. Her fellow Crimean Tatars would call her up and ask for help. And many of ... Read More »

Russia Has Not Seen Such Amassing of Hostile Military Forces on Its Borders since 1941

Russia has not seen such a major military buildup close to its borders since 1941 when the Third Reich sent the Wehrmacht to conquer the Soviet Union, Professor Stephen F. Cohen said in his recent interview on The John Batchelor Show, referring to NATO’s increasingly assertive strategy in Eastern Europe and the Baltics. “We have been watching for nearly a month a steady buildup of American and NATO forces along near Russia’s borders – on land, on sea and in the air,” he said. “There has been ... Read More »

Queen’s appoints 18 highly paid academics amid cutbacks

Queen’s said its appointments fit with its aim to create strong and visible academic leadership A DOZEN senior managers appointed as part of a major restructuring by Queen’s University stand to take home more money a year than the First Minister. As academics at Queen’s prepare to take part in a UK-wide strike over pay, it has emerged that the university is spending millions on new… Source: Queen’s appoints 18 highly paid academics amid cutbacks – The Irish News Read More »

WTF is TTIP? The EU-US trade deal explained

Proponents of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership say it will boost economies – Ireland’s in particular. So why are people so suspicious of it? It was June 2013 and Ireland was nearing the end of its six-month presidency of the European Union. At a meeting in Luxembourg, the then minister for trade Richard Bruton hailed an historic agreement. After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, led mostly by… Source: WTF is TTIP? The EU-US trade deal explained Read More »

Editors vs judges: which right is supreme – press freedom or privacy?

Newspapers rage against judgment that endorses the injunction preventing them from identifying a celebrity involved in a three-way sexual encounter.. “Be you never so high, the law is above you.” When that term was coined in 1733, there was no electronic communication, let alone the internet. Within the jurisdiction of the English courts, the law was supreme. Every citizen, whether politician or journalist, was subject to the rule of law… Source: Editors vs judges: which right is supreme – press ... Read More »

Unaoil fixer paid bribes under nose of FBI

A middleman who received millions of dollars from Unaoil — a Monaco-based firm now at the center of an international bribery scandal — in return for improperly influencing officials in U.S.-occupied Iraq was also operating businesses in America. He did all this under the nose of the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI — for years, without getting caught… Source: Unaoil fixer paid bribes under nose of FBI Read More »

Bull spearing outlawed by Spanish regional government

Decision by Castile and León authorities could end killing of bulls by horsemen at annual Toro de la Vega festival.. A regional government in Spain has outlawed the killing of bulls at town festivals in a measure that could stop the animals being speared to death at one of the country’s goriest summer events… Source: Bull spearing outlawed by Spanish regional government | World news | The Guardian Read More »