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GERMANY | Cats and Camper Vans

Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 15:44 | Source: Spiegel |

The Bizarrely Normal Life of the Neo-Nazi Terror Cell The neo-Nazi terror cell of Uwe Böhnhardt, Beate Zschäpe and Uwe Mundlos managed to hide from the police for almost 14 years. But between murders, attacks and bank robberies, the trio led a surprisingly normal life. They kept cats, played computer ...
FRANCE | Top Socialist attacked by far-right thugs

Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 15:42 | Source: thelocal.fr |

A top figure in the Socialist party and his journalist partner have been attacked by a crowd shouting anti-Jewish slogans and chanting support for the far-right National Front. Arnaud Montebourg and Audrey Pulvar, a prominent broadcaster, said a group of about 15 men surrounded them as they left a restaurant ...
SERBIA | Arkan’s fascists on trial for crimes against Roma

Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 10:28 | Source: Balkan Insight |

Belgrade’s Special Court held a preliminary hearing last Wednesday for the trial of Serbian former paramilitaries charged with war crimes against Roma in July 1992 According to the indictment, the leader of the group, Simo Bogdanovic, also known as Sima Chetnik, and seven other members of the paramilitary unit ...
CZECH REPUBLIC | Interior Ministry: Ultra-right activities

Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 10:27 | Source: ROMEA |

The Czech Interior Ministry has noqw released its fourth-quarter report on extremism in the Czech Republic for 2011, which describes the activity of the Czech ultra-right scene as in decline. Anti-Romani crusades are currently in fashion with members of the scene, however, who are also focusing on the ongoing criminal ...
SPAIN | Franco-era crime probe judge acquitted

Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 10:27 | Source: dpa |

Spanish former judge Baltasar Garzon has been acquitted of professional misconduct in trying to investigate the crimes of fascist dictator General Francisco Franco. Garzon was put on trial after trying to launch Spain’s first judicial inquiry into the crimes of Franco, whom he held responsible for the unlawful killings of ...
GERMANY | German FA condemns antisemitic incident

Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 10:26 | Source: AP |

The German football federation has condemned an antisemitic incident involving Kaiserslautern’s Israeli striker Itay Shechter and says it will not tolerate such abuse after a small group of Kaiserslautern fans directed Hitler salutes at Shechter during Sunday’s practice. “We want to underline that the DFB (federation) will not tolerate such ...
FRANCE | Far right rallies in defence of Syria’s Assad

Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 10:25 | Source: France 24 |

Former far-right boss Jean-Marie Le Pen has defended Syria’s Bashar al-Assad on French radio, claiming Allied forces during World War II had far more blood on their hands. French far-right leader Marine Le Pen had spent much of last week carefully deflecting journalists’ probes into her party’s stance on Syria ...
GERMANY | Film gives inside look at nazi music scene

Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 10:24 | Source: Reuters |

A new documentary is shining light on Germany’s nazi music scene and the role it plays in cultivating a violent far-right subculture.The film Blut muss Fliessen (Blood Must Flow) looks at the nazi music scene in Germany, as well as in Austria, Italy and Hungary. The documentary, which takes its ...
FRANCE | Le Pen suffers legal defeat in presidential bid

Wednesday, 22 February 2012, 19:53 | Source: AP |

French far right leader Marine Le Pen has lost a legal battle in her bid to run for president, with the Constitutional Court ruling that her backers’ names must be made public. This marks an indirect victory for conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is trying to sap Le Pen’s support ...
GREECE | Far-right MPs’ move to leading party worries Greek Jews

Wednesday, 22 February 2012, 19:52 | Source: JTA |

Greek Jewish leaders are expressing concern over the move by two far-right politicians to the leading conservative party. Makis Voridis and Adonis Georgiadis resigned from the far-right Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) and will run as candidates of the New Democracy party in April's elections. New Democracy is leading in the ...
SWITZERLAND | SVP in hot water over racist slogans

Wednesday, 22 February 2012, 19:51 | Source: the local.ch |

The Widen branch of the far-right Swiss People's Party (SVP) has struggled to explain why it published racist slogans on its website that initially came form from a satirical anti-SVP website. Initial reaction to the racist slogans was one of outrage. But then, causing great embarrassment to the party, it ...
BULGARIA | 1000 fascists march in Sofia

Sunday, 19 February 2012, 12:44 |

Around a thousand fascists joined the so-called Lukov March in Sofia on 12 February. The march, which is now staged annually, is held to honour the memory of General Hristo Lukov, a Bulgarian general and politician who led the fascist Union of Bulgarian National Legions (UBNL). ...
GERMANY | Spiegel looks at Nick Griffin’s German friends/Part 2

Sunday, 19 February 2012, 12:44 | Source: SPIEGEL | | Click here for original article

How the NPD Targets the Mainstream In the past, Germany's far-right NPD party was associated with skinheads and violent thugs. In recent years, however, the party has been trying to appeal to mainstream voters by cultivating a respectable image and campaigning on populist issues. But the party needs its links ...
GREECE | Golden Dawn nazis target immigrants

Sunday, 19 February 2012, 12:43 | Source: France 24 |

Far-right groups in Athens are patrolling certain neighbourhoods and beating up immigrants they accuse of taking work away from Greeks. Police have so far been reluctant to pursue the attackers.Reza Jholam is a 16-year-old from Afghanistan living in Athens. In October, he was walking home alone when he had the ...
FRANCE | Le Pen tries revive campaign

Sunday, 19 February 2012, 12:41 | Source: Reuters |

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is trying to revive her flagging presidential campaign, saying she is the only genuine opposition to the established parties whose policies would lead France into a Greek-style tragedy. Le Pen, who replaced her father as head of the National Front last year, has sought ...
GERMANY | Spiegel looks at Nick Griffin’s German friends/Part 1

Sunday, 19 February 2012, 12:40 | Source: SPIEGEL | | Click here for original article

Prohibition Debate: The Far-Right Threat to Germany's Democracy The leaders of Germany's far-right NPD seek to project the party as mainstream and reasonable. In truth, however, the party is a melting pot for racists, Hitler worshippers and enemies of democracy. There are plenty of reasons to ban the party. But ...
FRANCE | Le Pen sentence for WWII remarks upheld

Sunday, 19 February 2012, 12:36 | Source: AFP |

A French court on has upheld a three-month suspended jail sentence against former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen for calling the Nazi occupation of France “not especially inhumane.” The appeals court in Paris confirmed the sentence, which also included a 10,000 euro (£8,000) fine, imposed in 2008 after Le Pen ...
FRANCE | Le Pen’s economic policy not credible

Friday, 17 February 2012, 10:28 | Source: Reuters |

France's far-right is pushing a nationalistic economic platform for April’s presidential elections, but 70 percent of voters believe its financial programme lacks credibility, including its plan to leave the euro, a poll published on Saturday showed.Marine Le Pen, who replaced her father as head of the National Front last year, ...
EUROPEAN UNION | Creation of new far-right group sparks outrage

Thursday, 16 February 2012, 17:07 | Source: The Parliament |

A furious row has flared after it emerged that approval has been granted to the formation of an alliance of seven European extreme right wing political parties. These include the British National Party (BNP), which had two MEPs elected in the last European elections, the French Front National and Hungary’s ...
DENMARK | Danish Defence League organises for European rally

Thursday, 16 February 2012, 17:01 | With thanks to projektantifa.dk |

The right-wing extremist Danish Defence League (DDL) is going ahead with plans to stage an international racist demonstration in Aarhus, Denmark’s second biggest city. Islamophobic so-called “Defence Leagues” from all over Europe are expected to attend, among them the violent English Defence League (EDL). The DDL is one of ...
THE NETHERLANDS | Eastern EU nations condemn Wilders’ website

Thursday, 16 February 2012, 10:41 | Source: AP |

Ambassadors from 10 EU countries have asked the Netherlands to repudiate a website that urges people to lodge complaints about central and eastern Europeans. The site launched last week by Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV), which backs the Dutch minority government, calls on citizens to report “central and east Europeans ...
USA | “Good ol’ boys” militia willing to “go to war”

Tuesday, 14 February 2012, 16:47 | Source: CBS |

Seven members of a Midwest militia group accused of plotting to overthrow the US government have appeared in Federal Court in Detroit for the start of their trial, in which jurors will decide whether federal authorities prevented an attack by homegrown extremists or simply made too much ...
CZECH REPUBLIC | Fifteen women accused of backing nazis

Tuesday, 14 February 2012, 16:47 | Sources: ČTK and ceskapozice.cz |

The Czech police have accused 15 women of supporting the Resistance Women Unit (RWU), a group considered a women´s branch of the Czech nazi movement, National Resistance, Pavel Hantak, spokesman for the police unit fighting organised crime (UOOZ), has told the media. The women, aged from 21 to 32, face ...
FRANCE | Waffen SS volunteer and Front National (FN) pioneer Castrillo dies, 89

Tuesday, 14 February 2012, 16:45 | From Jean-Yves Camus in Paris |

Born in 1922, the son of a Spanish entrepreneur who supported the fascist Phalange, Castrillo joined Jacques Doriot’s Parti Populaire Français at its inception in 1936. During the war, he belonged to the pro-Pétain youth movement, Chantiers de la Jeunesse, then at the end of 1942, joined the Nazi ...
GERMANY | Dresden stands up to nazi march

Tuesday, 14 February 2012, 13:34 | Source: dw.de |

For years, nazis have marched on the anniversary of the Allied 1945 Dresden air raid. In 2011, tension with counter-demonstrators escalated into clashes. But this year, the city seemed to have learned from past mistakes. Last year, more than 6,000 right-wing demonstrators were in the city. The gloomy spectacle with ...
GERMANY | NSU probe goes on

Tuesday, 14 February 2012, 13:32 |

German police have requested help from law enforcement agencies in the USA in their probe into National Socialist Underground (NSU) murder gang. The Germans are hoping their US counterparts can deliver Internet data linking Beate Zschäpe, a gang member currently being held after surrendering to police, to the 10 murders ...
HUNGARY | Jobbik Jew-baiter rapped

Tuesday, 14 February 2012, 13:30 | Source: Jewish Chronicle |

The Hungarian government and Jewish community have condemned shocking statements made by a representative of the fascist Jobbik party. In an interview with the Jewish Chronicle in February, Jobbik MP Marton Gyongyosi, the party’s foreign affairs spokesman, refused to acknowledge the official figures for the number of Jews murdered in ...
THE NETHERLANDS | Wilders’ website causes uproar

Tuesday, 14 February 2012, 13:29 |

Geert Wilders’ far-right Freedom Party (PVV), a key ally of the centre-right Dutch coalition government, opened a website in February to collect complaints about people from Central and Eastern Europe residing in the Netherlands. One of the questions posed to surfers is “Did you lose your job to a Pole, ...
CZECH REPUBLIC | School spawns fascists

Tuesday, 14 February 2012, 13:28 |

Jiří Volprecht, the head of the police in Most, says the local Technical High School is a breeding ground for right-wing extremism. Volprecht said graduates of the school and current pupils regularly participate in events held by nationalist groups. Last year, a mass brawl occurred between Czech and Romani students ...
SLOVAKIA | Slovak nationalists incite anti-Roma hatred

Wednesday, 8 February 2012, 12:19 |

The ultra-right nationalist Slovak National Party (Slovenská národní strana - SNS) is again using anti-Romani slogans on advertising hoardings in its campaign for the country’s parliamentary elections in March. The opposition party, which has been hovering around the threshold required to be elected in public opinion polls, deployed similar tactics ...
ITALY | Northern League and the rise of violence in Europe: What next?

Wednesday, 8 February 2012, 12:19 | Source: euractiv.com |

The financial crisis could provide fertile ground for xenophobic, separatist and extreme-right narratives such as the dogma of Italian Northern League, writes Giuseppe Lenzo from Durham University in Britain."Today it is opposing the austerity measures promoted by Mario Monti’s government, accusing him of stealing money out of Italians’ pockets. However, ...
LATVIA | Stop the SS commemoration in Riga, on 16 March!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012, 17:58 | | Click here for original article

Tell Latvia: Stop revising history!Since 1998, Latvian SS veterans and their supporters have staged annual marches on 16th March Riga to commemorate and herald these members of Hitler’s murderous hordes as “war heroes”. The numbers marching have increased over the years and are noweven condoned by Latvian ...
BELGIUM | Dewinter uses daughter in anti-Islam stunt

Monday, 6 February 2012, 13:52 |

Belgian right-wing extremist Filip Dewinter, the leader of the far-right Vlaams Belang, has used his 19-year-old daughter in a sick anti-Islam provocation. Dewinter’s so-called “Women Against Islamisation” campaign features a poster with his daughter, An-Sofie, clad in a burka and a bikini. The burka covers Ms Dewinter’s head, face ...
HUNGARY | Far right says Jews not welcome

Monday, 6 February 2012, 13:39 | Source: Jewish Chronicle |

The foreign affairs spokesman of Jobbik, the ultra-nationalist party poised to play a leading role in Hungarian politics, has openly questioned the Holocaust and claimed that Jews are colonising the country. In a shocking interview with the JC, Marton Gyongyosi also said that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians amounted to ...
RUSSIA | Anti-racist beaten up on the eve of demonstration

Monday, 6 February 2012, 13:39 |

The Human Rights First organisation has called on the Russian government to investigate a violent assault on anti-racist activist Philip Kostenko who works at the “Memorial” Anti-Discrimination Centre in Saint Petersburg. On 3 February, Kostenko was attacked by two men who followed him through a park, where they felled ...
POLAND | Anti-racism scheme scores success

Monday, 6 February 2012, 13:38 | Source: UEFA |

An anti-racism programme for schools and other educational institutions run by FARE's Polish partner Never Again and forming part of the Respect initiative has been embraced in Poland. The anti-racism educational programme in Poland for this summer’s UEFA EURO 2012 final round, run by the Never Again association, continues to ...
HUNGARY | “We are not democrats” - Vona

Monday, 6 February 2012, 13:37 |

Gábor Vona, the leader of Hungary’s fascist Jobbik party, has publicly admitted his party is not democratic. “We are not communists, we not fascists, we are not national socialists but we are not democrats either,” he told a party gathering, attended by several thousand members, on 5 February. The economic ...
GERMANY | Socks provided clue in terror gang case

Monday, 6 February 2012, 13:35 |

Police probing the Zwickau-based National Socialist Underground (NSU) terror cell have identified one of the group’s members, Beate Zschäpe, as the person who blew up the flat she shared with two other suspects by analysing her socks, a new report has disclosed. Examining chemical traces left on Zschäpe’s socks, a ...
HUNGARY | Fascist icon dies

Monday, 6 February 2012, 13:33 | Source: AP |

Istvan Csurka, a Hungarian anti-Soviet dissident playwright and later far-right nationalist politician who was criticised at home and abroad for his antisemitic articles, has died aged 77. Often compared to France’s xenophobic National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, Csurka opposed Hungary’s membership in NATO and the European Union, but his ...
HUNGARY | Socialists overtake far-right Jobbik in popularity contest

Friday, 3 February 2012, 19:59 | Source: Portfolio.hu |

Hungary’s left-wing parties have gained some popularity, while far-right Jobbik has turned less popular, the January survey by Medián showed on Thursday. The governing Fidesz party enjoys practically the same confidence of the voters than in the previous few months, local weekly HVG reported.Among eligible voters, Fidesz enjoys a 26% ...
HUNGARY | Young, Wired and Angry: A Revised Portrait of Hungary's Right-Wing Extremists

Friday, 3 February 2012, 19:57 | Source: SPIEGEL |

Though largely ignored by the national media, Hungary's right-wing extremist Jobbik party operates within a surprisingly well-developed and self-sustained online universe. What's more, recent studies have found that the party's supporters aren't the "losers" that many experts thought they were. The leader of Hungary's right-wing extremists rarely expresses himself ...
AUSTRIA | Far-right ball in Vienna sparks mass protests

Thursday, 2 February 2012, 15:17 | From our correspondent Martin Jordan for UNITED in |

The annual ballroom dancefest of Austria’s pan-Germanist, far right student fraternities in the former Imperial Palace and official residence of the Austrian president in Vienna has again sparked large-scale anti-fascist protests and public controversy. This year’s fascist anniversary waltz, on 27 January, coincided with the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and ...
FRANCE | Marine Le Pen unable to stand in French Presidential race?

Wednesday, 1 February 2012, 13:37 | Source: RFI |

France’s far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says she is struggling to obtain the 500 signatures required to be a candidate in the spring Presidential elections.Under French law, she must be sponsored by at least 500 elected officials, in practice usually one of France’s thousands of local mayors. Sponsoring ...