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Germany’s representative to EU Parliament is son of Nazi, once called Hitler ‘a great man’

Germany’s first far-right NPD deputy in European Parliament (via AFP) Udo Voigt, the first member of Germany’s far-right anti-immigrant party to enter the European Parliament, has faced legal action in the past with comments such as Hitler was “a great man”. The son of a Nazi SA assault division member,…

Anti-immigration, anti-European Union party wins EU elections in France

Far-right National Front triumphs in French Euro vote (via AFP) The far right National Front topped the polls in elections to the European Parliament in France with a record score of around 25 percent of votes cast, according to exit polls published as ballots closed at 20:00 (1800 GMT). The…

Rottweiler registered to vote in next month’s European Parliament elections

A dog owner from northeastern England has been threatened with police action after his ageing pet Rottweiler was registered to vote in next month’s European Parliament elections, it emerged Tuesday. Russell Hoyle, 45, from Stockton near Newcastle, was asked to attend a police interview and risks a fine or even…

Ed Snowden claims he raised concerns with NSA officials more than 10 times

Former security contractor and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said that he tired to bring his concerns to the attention of superiors on at least 10 occasions before deciding to leave the organization with a massive cache of secret documents. The Washington Post reported on Snowden’s testimony to the…

Obama administration denies he knew about Merkel spying as scandal spreads

Transatlantic tensions reached boiling point Monday as Washington sharply denied reports President Barack Obama knew US spies were tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but fresh allegations emerged of mass snooping in Spain. As outrage over secret US surveillance of leaders and average citizens mounted with a tide of new reports,…

European Parliament votes to preserve data privacy

European Parliament votes to preserve data privacy (via The Inquirer) THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has voted for preserving the privacy of citizens’ communications and will block organisations from sharing information with US authorities, up to a point. The vote was anticipated and highlighted by civil rights groups who clubbed…   [Spying…

France’s Marine Le Pen expected to face charges for incitement to racial hatred

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National, is expected to face charges for incitement to racial hatred in France, after the European parliament voted to lift her parliamentary immunity. The French state prosecutor in Lyon had asked the European parliament to lift Le Pen’s protection from prosecution…

European Union delays carbon tax for one year

The EU will put its controversial carbon tax on intercontinental airline flights on hold for a year to give time for international talks to reach a compromise on the issue, a European source said Thursday. EU environment ministers reached agreement with lawmakers from the European Parliament to put the tax…

U.S.-initiated anti-piracy treaty put on hold by European Parliament

In a major victory for Internet freedom activists, the European parliament on Wednesday placed the ratification of a controversial copyright treaty on hold and asked the European Court of Justice to rule on whether the provisions align with the European Union’s “fundamental rights and freedoms.” The announcement came following publication…

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