Merkel embarks on final election sprint

The German chancellor used a Beatles band to invoke a feelgood factor at a big campaign rally in Düsseldorf, pitching herself as a safe pair of hands

Welcome to Britain: ‘Go Home or Face Arrest’

For decades racists have yelled “Go Home” at minority ethnic and Black people. Now the government is doing it in a reviled and provocative advertising campaign aimed, ostensibly, at ‘illegal immigrants’. John Grayson reflects on a nasty piece of work. See also We all belong to Glasgow – Refugees Are Welcome Here.

The Conservatives played their race card early for the 2015 election. The Home Office sent vans touring London boroughs, bearing the message: “In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest.”

EU pressed over Israel settlement funding

Israel and the US want tough new guidelines restricting EU funding for institutions in Jewish settlements on Palestinian lands to be watered down

 

The Conservative Communities Secretary Eric Pickles told the BBC:

Continuity and change Germany’s EU policy

However the Germans vote on September 22nd, Berlin?s attitude to the EU is not going to change much. The opposition Social Democrats call for a bit less austerity in Southern Europe but otherwise support most of Chancellor Angela Merkel?s policies. Nonetheless German policy on Europe is evolving ? independently of the elections ? in some important respects.

Tourists help ease Greek recession

Tourists visiting Greece for their summer holidays have given a big unexpected boost to the recession-hit Greek economy, official data showed on Friday.

Merkel hits at left in tight poll race

If the public do not vote for Angela Merkel?s coalition, she says, an alliance, including former communists from east Germany, might come to power

Greece?s six-year recession may be easing

Tourist arrivals at main imports fell by 9 per cent in April on an annual basis but jumped by almost 20 per cent in both May and June

 

Women grab top posts in Norwegian life

Situation will have symbolic significance even in Norway, which has taken initiatives to boost female participation in workplace as well as on company boards

Europeans want a say on the next Commission president: Poll

European citizens are more inclined to vote if they are given the chance to choose who will be the next president of the European Commission, according to a survey released today (6 September).

A new Eurobarometer report, published by European Parliament today (6 September), polled some 27,600 European citizen‘s on their views on the EU, one year before the European Parliament elections in May 2014.

 

Interview with Thomas Hylland Eriksen on the Norwegian election

Our Editor-in-Chief chats with Thomas Hylland Eriksen about Monday’s election in Norway. Why has the seemingly very successful goverment lost support, has the Breivik terror changed anything and what’s behind the rise of the Green party?

Spain tackles rising social hardship

A schools programme to support poor families by the Andalucian government demonstrates the rising social hardship caused by Spain?s economic crisis

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