Central and Eastern Europe Tracker 11.10.12


Calgary Herald: Bosnian police detain 5 terrorism suspects, raid 8 homes throughout Bosnia. ‘Police say they have detained five people as they sought evidence they were instigating and planning terrorist attacks. Authorities raided eight homes, including at least one in the village Gornja Maoca, known as a stronghold of the ultraconservative Wahhabi Muslim sect’.

The Express Tribune: Europe’s first hijab-wearing mayor to take office in Bosnia. ‘A new woman mayor in Bosnia who is the first in her country and the continent to wear the hijab, said Tuesday her election was “a model for Europe and Islam.” “This is a great victory of democracy. My fellow citizens showed a great open spirit because they elected me first as a woman but also as a woman who wears a veil,” said Amra Babic, elected Sunday in the town of Visoko.’


Novinite: Bulgarian Coroner: Burgas Bomber was racially mixed. ‘The perpetrator of the terror act in Bulgaria has been the child of a mixed couple, according to a Bulgarian coroner. Coroner, Dr. Galina Mileva, who is also a Member of the Parliament from the ruling center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, has done the autopsy of the attacker’s body. The July 18 bus bombing killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver at the Sarafovo airport in the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas.’


Digital Journal – video: Golden Dawn rage, hurl insults, in Greek Parliament. ‘Golden Dawn MPs disrupted a session of Greek Parliament on Friday as they erupted in rage. The chrysafgites demanded the now infamous “Lagarde List”, hurling insults at PASOK’s Ioannis Maniatis, shouting “you’re thieves and scammers, and you’re bums”.’

Foreign Policy: Golden Dawn still elevating the debate. ‘Last time we caught up with Ilias Kasidiaris, Greek MP and spokesman for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, he was assaulting a woman on a TV debate show for not agreeing with him. Today, he apparently caused a scene in parliament during a debate with the center-left PASOK party, part of the governing coalition, calling former Prime Minsiter George Papandreou “only 25 percent Greek” and accused a senior defense ministry official of having humiliated the country. (Papandreo’s mother was American and one of his great grandparents  on his father’s side was Polish).’

Washington Post: Europe’s crisis is creating new stress fractures. ‘Chaotic scenes Greeks have witnessed during the crisis, none of which are more disturbing than the attacks on immigrants administered by a thuggish new far-right party, Golden Dawn. Alas, as Greece’s economic growth rate goes down, Golden Dawn’s popularity goes up. Already in possession of the fifth-largest bloc of seats in the Greek parliament, Golden Dawn would rise to third if elections were held today, polls say. The party has taken to distributing free groceries on the streets of Athens, where it also sometimes functions as a de facto police force.’


Voice of Russia: Russia in the world without Nazism. ‘Some 70 years passed since the defeat of the Nazism but now it seems to be raising its head. Far right radicals are gaining popularity in Europe, while more people are being discriminated or killed in ethnic crimes. This is happening amid the global financial crisis, similar to the one faced by pre-Nazi Germany in the 1920s. Thus, activists and anti-Nazi fighters called together the World Without Nazism conference in Strasbourg.’

Telegraph: Plans for Moscow mosque scrapped. ‘Plans for a new mosque in the Mitino district north-west of Moscow were scrapped in September after 1,500 residents took to the streets to protest against it.’

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