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German Euroskeptic Party Attracts Right Wing

Since its launch in April, euroskeptic party Alternative for Germany has been accused of peddling right-wing sentiments. A new study establishes the party’s centrist status, but shows that it still attracts right-wing populist attention. As founder of the country’s euroskeptic party, Bernd Lucke is among the most controversial figures in Germany. His political agenda — […]

Israel Ends Ethiopian Repatriation Program

Natan Sharansky described it as a “moving historical moment.” The head of the Jewish Agency for Israel — the body tasked with overseeing immigration — on Wednesday accompanied the last group of Ethiopian Jews on their journey to the Holy Land. Some 450 so-called “Falashas” flew to an airport near Tel Aviv in two chartered […]

German Poles to Vote in Upcoming German Election

A decision by Germany’s high court means that Poles with German ancestry can now take part in September’s general election via absentee ballot. For many members of the minority group, the change is of huge symbolic importance. Previous governments in Berlin have argued that those who have never resided in Germany are not connected to […]

Brazilian Tribes Fight for Their Land

Fazenda Buriti is one of 62 farms in the state that the indigenous people have overrun, part of their revolt against the government from the Amazon region to the southern Pampas area. They are fighting for their land, protecting the borders of their reservations, resisting the construction of hydroelectric power plants in their regions and […]

Far-Right Protests New Refugee Shelter in Berlin

The number of people applying for asylum in Germany has increased significantly in recent months, leading to a housing shortage. In Berlin, a conflict with residents and the far right has erupted as a result. When some 200 asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere moved in to a newly opened shelter in Berlin’s Marzahn-Hellersdorf […]

Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel

According to the Coalition Against Racism in Israel, a group consisting of several organizations, racially motivated incidents have almost quadrupled since 2008. There were 16 reported cases in that year, compared to 63 between March 2012 and February 2013. Residents of Tel Aviv’s affluent northern neighborhoods collect signatures to prevent Arabs from moving into the […]

German Interior Minister: Germany to Deport ‘Poverty Immigrants’

The German government is toughening its stance on economic refugees from Bulgaria and Romania, who it says have become a burden on social services. Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told an audience of his European counterparts in Luxembourg on Friday that Germany will take measures to prevent poor immigrants from the two Eastern European countries from entering the country under false […]