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Elton John distances himself from Ukip after Nigel Farage hints at support

The Guardian by Josh Halliday | Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Sir Elton John has taken the unusual step of denying he supports any political party after Nigel Farage hinted that the star could back Ukip. Farage was swiftly rebuffed by the musician after suggesting in a radio interview that he had a "big announcement" to make after being invited to a more...

Ukip MEP marks fiftieth anniversary of the death penalty abolition with campaign to bring it back

The Telegraph by Georgia Graham | Monday, 18 August 2014

Fifty years after the last execution took place in Britain a Ukip MEP has marked the anniversary with a call for it to be brought back. Louise Bours, Ukip health spokesman, said there was no “ethical reason” to keep child killers and police murderers alive. Miss Bours, who represents North West England more...

Ukip HQ in ex-brothel really rubs some people up wrong way

Western Daily Press by . | Saturday, 16 August 2014

Residents in most towns up and down the country would probably breathe a sigh of relief when a dubious massage parlour was closed down. But it appears that for some people living in a cosmopolitan part of Bournemouth what is replacing it just might be worse – a Ukip office being more...

Ukip leader Nigel Farage confirms intent to stand in Thanet South for 2015 General Election

Isle Of Thanet Gazette by . | Friday, 15 August 2014

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has for the first time confirmed he does want to stand in Thanet South in the 2015 General Election. After months of speculation, Mr Farage said that he had put himself forward for selection in hustings that will take place on Tuesday, August 26. A local party member more...

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AUSTRALIA | Golden Dawn visit dismays Australia's Greek community

Friday, 29 August 2014, 02:23 | Source: Guardian |

A planned visit to Australia by members of the European parliament representing Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has been met with embarrassment and dismay by leading members of the country’s Greek community. Days after the extremist group announced that former army generals Eleftherios Synadinos and Georgios Epitideios would visit Sydney and more...

HUNGARY | Jobbik's mayor candidate proposes law to clarify role of state in Budapest

Friday, 29 August 2014, 02:18 | Source: politics.hu |

The radical nationalist Jobbik party’s candidate for Budapest mayor has proposed that parliament should pass a law to “clearly define” the roles of the state, Budapest’s city council and its districts, as well as municipal services and central financing. In an interview with MTI, MP Gabor Staudt also said that municipal more...

GREECE | Thessaloniki mayor Boutaris sworn in wearing yellow star amid Golden Dawn protests

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 18:50 | Source:ekathimerini.com |

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris wore a yellow Star of David badge, like the ones worn by Jews rounded up in the northern city during the Second World War, on Thursday for his swearing-in ceremony. Boutaris pinned the badge to his jacket amid protest by leftists against the presence of Golden Dawn more...

GREECE | Greek neo-nazis to get brief jail release for Council oaths

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 10:02 | Source: naharnet.com |

Greek neo-Nazi politicians who won town council posts in recent elections whilst jailed on criminal charges are to be temporarily released to be sworn in, a justice source said Thursday. The decision affects party spokesman Ilias Kassidiaris and fellow lawmaker Panagiotis Iliopoulos, who were respectively elected city councilor in Athens and more...