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Norway integration minister’s Mediterranean stunt backfires

Images of Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug floating in the Mediterranean Sea in a survival suit have sparked a social media backlash. Listhaug, a Progress Party member known for her hard-line stance, pulled off the stunt off the coast of Lesbos as a way to familiarize herself with the rescue work carried out by the crew of the Norwegian ship ‘Peter ...

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Norway’s hardline asylum bill heads to parliament

A long-awaited asylum and integration proposal was formally presented to parliament on Tuesday. The final version of the bill saw the Norwegian government scaling back its controversial requirements on family reunification for refugees, saying that it will be enough for them to have been employed or in education for three years before bringing their family to Norway instead of the ...

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‘justified concern’ Isis will carry out nuclear attack in Europe

Isis is plotting to carry out biological and nuclear attacks on Europe, EU and Nato chiefs have warned. There is a “justified concern” that the terror group are trying to obtain substances that could be used to make biological, chemical and radiological (CBRN) weapons. Speaking at the Security and Counter Terror Expo in London, the deputy head of counter terrorism for the European ...

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In Brussels, — Islam — Is Crucial Factor in Radicalization

The questions and criticism started only days after the March 22 suicide bombings in the Belgian capital of Brussels: Is the dysfunctional city the Jihadi capital of Europe? Could the terrorists have been stopped if not for inept security forces? International newspapers such as the Spanish daily El Pais wrote that the Belgian government had failed. The bombing sites — ...

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Latvia Wants to Ban Face Veils, for All 3 Women Who Wear Them

Liga Legzdina, 27, who goes by the name Fatima, near Riga, Latvia. She is one of a tiny handful of women who wear the niqab in the country, and interactions on buses and trams, she said, often involve her being told to “go back to where you come from.” Credit Reinis Hofmanis for The New York Times ZAUBE, Latvia — ...

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How terrorism could make or break the union

The rapid click of camera shutters filled an otherwise silent room in the heart of Paris, 10 days after one of Europe’s most tragic terror attacks. French President Francois Hollande and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron addressed the media side-by-side, with the U.K.’s Union Jack, the French Tricolor and the European Union (EU) flag hanging steps behind. As expected, Cameron ...

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Refugees must be taught the Swedish way of doing things

Sweden should be proud of the way it has dealt with the refugee crisis but the hard work has only just begun. The Local’s northern Sweden columnist, Paul Connolly, argues that Sweden must now teach newcomers how to be Swedes. Sweden has now more or less run out of resources with which to cope with more refugees, but for much ...

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Germany’s Muslim leaders condemn AfD’s anti-Islam proposal

Heads of leading German Islamic groups have criticized the AfD’s proposed ban on minarets and burqas. Germany’s Islamic Council has even compared the far-right party with the NSDAP. “I think the AfD is playing with people’s fears,” Burhan Kesici, the head of the Islamic Council, told public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. “We had a wave of refugees last year, we have a ...

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Germany’s AfD takes overt anti-Islam stance

Members of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) have hardened their stance on Islam as they prepare for their upcoming party congress in Stuttgart. “Islam is not a religion like Catholic or Protestant Christianity, but rather always associated intellectually with the takeover of a state,” said AfD’s Brandenburg leader Alexander Gauland in an interview with the newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine ...

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Ex-chancellor Kohl : Europe can’t take in millions of migrants

© AFP/File | Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt smokes a cigarette during a luncheon at the Axel Springer publishing house in Berlin, on September 29, 2010 Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has warned that Europe can’t become “a new home” for millions of migrants, in a veiled criticism of incumbent Angela Merkel’s liberal asylum policies. His comments, published in Sunday’s ...

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