independent.co.uk – Jan 2 – A Muslim community in Sweden that faced a series of Islamaphobic attacks recently has been taken aback after residents ‘love-bombed’ the local mosque in an outpouring of support. After anti-Muslim rhetoric was scrawled into an Uppsala mosque…
One German in eight would join an anti-Muslim march if a rapidly-growing protest movement organized one in their home towns
Why Syriza is good news for Greece and Europe

The Cold War is over. Scaremongering campaigns on the part of German and European officials make no sense, as Syriza is not a threat to Europe, but a breakthrough.

Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras votes in 2014 European elections.

Greece’s Syriza.

What takes extreme forms in some countries, including Greece, is actually taking place in milder ways in many developed countries considered to have recovered from the crisis–from the US to the Netherlands.

Alexis Tsipras’ first pre-election speech, December 29, 2014.

Greece recaptures fugitive extremist

Christodoulos Xiros, a member of the Greek Marxist militant group November 17, has been arrested after almost a year on the run, police say.
Greece must ‘abide’ by bailout terms

Germany expects Greece to uphold the terms of its international bailout agreement, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel says.
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Why the new jitters about Greece and the euro?
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Dec. 30 that a snap election planned for next month would determine whether the country remains part of the eurozone.

An open conflict over Ukraine, the destabilisation of the Middle East by the IS terror militia and a shift to the right in many countries of Europe: commentators look back on 2014 with concern. For 2015 they pin their hopes on economic recovery in the EU and the positive example set by Europe’s small neighbour Tunisia.

Hitler’s old house gives Austria a headache

Vacant birthplace of Nazi leader gives Austria a headache
People who committed oppression and persecution against Bulgaria’s Turks and Muslims during the pre-1990 communist regime remain unpunished, even a quarter of a century on, according to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
Europe in 2015: A year of insecurity

Europe editor Gavin Hewitt on some familiar problems likely to stalk Europe in 2015
France new year car-burning falls

The number of cars set alight in France on New Year’s Eve fell significantly this year, the government says.
France’s influential economist Thomas Piketty, author of the bestseller “Capital in the 21st Century”, on Thursday refused to accept the country’s highest award, the Legion d’honneur, to criticise the Socialist government in power.

After the failed presidential election at the end of December, the Greeks will go to the polls on January 25 to elect a new parliament. If the left alliance Syrizaemerges victorious Greece could end up leaving the Eurozone and plunge the EU into a profound crisis, some commentators fear. Others see this scenario as panic-mongering and say the time has come to let the Greeks decide the fate of their country.

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The Italian Air Force is rescuing hundreds of migrants stranded on a cargo ship abandoned in rough seas by smugglers in the Mediterranean.

Sweden budget deal cancels snap poll

Sweden‘s left-of-centre government reaches a budget deal with the main opposition resulting in a minority government and avoiding the need for snap elections.
Ukraine: All quiet on the eastern front

Government soldiers on the front lines speak to Al Jazeera about war, peace and the precarious ceasefire.
Rebels free more Ukrainian soldiers

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine free four Ukrainian prisoners a day after the two sides exchange hundreds of captives.
Once a marginal political player, the UK Green Party has growing popularity amid dissatisfaction with the majors.
Days after arson attacks on mosques, Sweden’s government announced a deal with the opposition that will avert the country’s first snap elections in more than half a century and counter the rising influence of the anti-immigrant far right
Sweden budget deal cancels snap poll

Sweden’s left-of-centre government reaches a budget deal with the main opposition resulting in a minority government and avoiding the need for snap elections
Dutch Muslims concerned by mosque attacks

Dutch citizens joining ISIL and far-right rhetoric are cited as factors fueling assaults on Muslim houses of worship.

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