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Powar slams Russian anti-racism efforts and raises spectre of 2018 walk offs

Piara Powar, executive director or Football Against Racism in Europe and a member of FIFA's anti-discrimination task force, has added his voice to growing calls that Russia needs to stop paying lip-service to racism in the country and to tackle the problem head-on rather than from the current position of denial.

Powar's comments come in a week when CSKA Moscow served the first part of a sanction for racism by their fans and played out a Champions League home fixture against Manchester City behind closed doors.

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Why Do Young Greeks Vote for Golden Dawn?

According to research conducted by the sociology department of Athens’s Panteion University, the Greek youth who voted for Golden Dawn in the 2012 elections consider themselves nationalists. In general, they espouse their love for Greece above everything, loathe the labels “fascist” and “neonazi,” and insist on being called patriots.

Head researcher Alexandra Koroneou said that, “the widely used argument that young people turn to Golden Dawn because they are poor is not accurate. The survey shows that there are other factors that make Golden Dawn appeal to some young people.”

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Swedish far-right leader takes sick leave

The leader of a far-right party that made strong gains in Sweden's election last month is going on sick leave, saying he's burned-out from battling the country's political and media establishment.

Jimmie Akesson's announcement was unexpected even though the 35-year-old had looked tired following the Sept. 14 election in which his anti-immigration Sweden Democrats more than doubled their support to 13 percent, becoming the third-biggest party in Parliament.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:59

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Jobbik extends influence in municipalities

Jobbik managed to hold on to the majority of its mayoral seats at the elections on Sunday. Except in one county, it is the second-largest party in county general assemblies. Fourteen of its mayoral candidates won and in six municipalities independent candidates, enjoying the far-right party’s support, came in first. Researcher Political Capital offers this analysis.

After the closing of the polls, party president Gábor Vona positioned Jobbik as the challenger of the governing party in 2018. Jobbik is still far from its target; it failed to capture the much-coveted mayoral seat in Miskolc and in Budapest it had to be content with coming in before green party LMP.

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Anti-Semitic Quenelle Comedian Dieudonné Charged with Money Laundering

Controversial French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala has been charged with tax evasion, money laundering and misuse of company assets, according to local reports.

Detectives believe that Dieudonné, whose show has been banned in several French cities for its anti-Semitic content, has sent more than €400,000 (£330,000) to Cameroon since 2009.

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