My favorite minister: “Latvian minister to miss Bratislava meeting – to play chess” Eurosphere agenda…

With the Icelandic Pirates crushing it in the polls and set to form the next government of a sovereign, carbon-neutral, strategically located nation, it’s worth asking how a party whose two issues — internet freedom and copyright reform — are wonky, minority interests rose to prominence.

Latvian minister to miss Bratislava meeting – to play chess

Buoyed by her defeat of the best woman player in the world, Latvia’s finance minister is to skip a top EU meeting this week to pursue her passion for chess, her spokesman said Wednesday (8 September.)
The BBC’s Richard Galpin reports from the migrant camp in Calais known as the Jungle on the deteriorating conditions there, and the possibility of it being closed down.
Britain is paying for the construction of a wall in Calais, near the so-called Jungle migrant camp, in an attempt to stop refugees and migrants from boarding lorries heading for the UK, the country’s immigration minister has confirmed

Paris announces plans to open its first refugee camp in October while another projected centre for asylum seekers is set alight near the French capital.
Radical preacher Anjem Choudary is jailed for five-and-a-half years for inviting others to support so-called Islamic State.
France burkini: Corsica court upholds local ban

A court on the French island of Corsica upholds a local ban on the burkini, despite a higher court ruling saying the measure violates freedoms.
The Alternative for Germany has come second in elections to the state legislature in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Commentators discuss to what extent the other parties are to blame for the rise of this national conservative party and whether its advance can be halted before the German elections next autumn.

France Islam: Valls slams New York Times report on burkini ban

The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, rejects as “unacceptable” a New York Times article in which French Muslim women complain of discrimination.

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