#Europe agenda: “EU workplace headscarf ban ‘can be legal’, says ECJ… ” new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics…

A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region’s political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane.
Black flags from Rome: Mafia and Isis, as before Mafia and Al Qaeda

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Stefano Portelli. Stefano is a cultural anthropologist with a doctorate in Urban Studies, his primary fieldsites are a barrio of Barcelona and the Ostia neighborhood of Rome, where the issue of mafia is crucial. Starting September 2017, he will be a Marie-Curie fellow for Leicester University’s Department of Geography.

Black flags from Rome: Mafia and Isis, as before Mafia and Al Qaeda
by Stefano Portelli

Martin Schulz decries the “racist” rhetoric of Donald Trump as he is confirmed as SPD candidate.

Merkel handshake offer to Trump falls on deaf ears

Germanys chancellor and the US President did shake hands – eventually – at their White House talks.

EU workplace headscarf ban ‘can be legal’, says ECJ

Employers can ban visible religious symbols as long as it is across-the-board, top Europe court says.
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has slammed a ruling by the European Union’s highest court that allows companies to ban staff from wearing visible religious symbols.

Dutch election: Geert Wilders warns ‘genie will not go back in the bottle’

Voting under way in the Netherlands as the prime minister, Mark Rutte, seeks to halt domino effect of ‘wrong sort of populism’

Dutch voters are going to the polls in the first of three key European votes this year in which populist parties, heartened by Britain’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s US victory, are seeking electoral breakthroughs.

Racism in Rotterdam: how a diverse city got infected with Islamophobia

As the Netherlands goes to the polls for its most controversial elections in decades, few would have expected this multicultural city to be hitting the headlines because of protest and unrest – yet that is exactly what is happening

“Police were beating men and women with bats,” Jessy De Abreu says. “They hit people in the face. Hair was pulled out, dreadlocks were pulled out.”

Millions of Dutch voters go to the polls Wednesday (14 March) in key elections overshadowed by a blazing diplomatic row with Turkey, with all eyes on the fate of far-right MP Geert Wilders.

Poland isolated in bid to remove Tusk

Poland appears increasingly isolated in Brussels as it seeks public support to unseat Donald Tusk as president of the European Council.

Who is who in the Dutch elections?

Dutch voters cast ballots in election that boils down to a race between conservative liberals and the far-right.
Employers have the right to bar their employees from wearing a headscarf if the company has a general ban on overt religious or philosophical signs, the ECJ has decided, ruling in favour of a proposition put forward by one of its advocates general in May 2016. Some commentators praise the decision as a step that defend European values. Others see it as sexist and Islamophobic.

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