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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Wednesday 17th April 2013

ALBANIA Reuters: Albanian leaders fan flames of nationalism, unnerving West. ‘The walls of Kreshnik Spahiu’s office in the Albanian capital bear the names of towns far beyond the borders of this Adriatic state, in modern-day Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Albanians regard the settlements as their own, dating from when the Balkans marked the western reaches of […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Tuesday 19th March 2013

BELARUS RFE/RL: Former Belarus Intelligence Officer Gets Asylum In Lithuania. ‘Former Belarusian military intelligence officer Stsyapan Zakharchanka has been granted political asylum in Lithuania. Zakharchanka told RFE/RL on March 18 that Lithuanian authorities made the asylum decision last week. He said he would be allowed to stay in the European Union for five years.’ CROATIA […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Wednesday 13th March 2013

BELARUS JTA: Belarus drops bribery charges against Jewish leader. ‘Prosecutors in Minsk dropped key charges from their indictment against Yuri Dorn, a leader of the Jewish community of Belarus. Dorn, who was president of the Union of Religious Jewish Congregations in Belarus at the time of his arrest last year, is no longer charged with bribery, […]

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News from Central and Eastern Europe, Tuesday 12th March 2013

GREECE Ekathimerini: WWII hero, SYRIZA MP Glezos in hospital with respiratory infection. ‘Second World War hero and SYRIZA MP Manolis Glezos has been admitted to hospital in Athens after complaining of breathing problems.’ Greek Reporter: Greece Denies Turkish Terrorist Report. ‘Reports in the Turkish media that Greece closed down two Kurdish terrorist camps near Athens […]

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Why trying to ban the NPD is a stupid idea

After months of public debates, the minister presidents of Germany’s 16 federal states have announced that they will seek a ban on the right-wing extremist NPD. Chancellor Merkel’s federal government, however, remains sceptical. Is this yet another instance of the Centre Right failing to stand up against extremism? I don’t think so. There is little […]

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