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German media and celebs rally for refugees after ugly protests

Germany may have witnessed violent anti-refugee protests this week -- but the message from the country's media and celebrities is a loud and determined welcome for people fleeing the horrors of war.

"We're helping," Germany's Bild newspaper splashed in large letters on its front page on Saturday.

The tabloid, which has launched a high-profile charity campaign to assist refugees, added: "The whingers and the xenophobes don't speak in our name."

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Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2015 19:35

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Chancellor Merkel condemns far-right riots in Heidenau as 'shameful'

Chancellor Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Monday that violence committed by far-right demonstrators and their supporters outside near the shelter in the town of Heidenau near Dresden was "shameful."

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the violent outbursts," the chancellor said. "There was an aggressive mood against foreigners there that isn't acceptable in any way."

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 10:51

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Solidarity needed as Greece goes to polls again

Greece drop the debt


As Alexis Tsipras resigns and elections are called for September, the ravages of the most extreme austerity measures in Europe imposed on the people of Greece remain and the country is weighed down with debts that can never be paid. The loans made to Greece were used to bail out European banks – see the excellent overview by Jubilee Debt Campaign.

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 19:01

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Prague springs to intolerance

The Czech Republic, a country that regards itself as intrinsically democratic and tolerant, is in the grips of a strong wave of anti-refugee and anti-Islamic hysteria. Motivated by fear of the unknown and fanned by openly racist media, the darkening mood has encouraged surprisingly extreme discourse on social networks like Facebook.

A certain amount of fear is perhaps understandable. After the deportation of a large German minority from Czechoslovakia in 1945 and after 40 years of communism, Central European countries such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia or Hungary are highly homogeneous and predominantly white. Historically, the Czechs and the Slovaks defined their nationality in terms of language, meaning that if you did not speak Czech or Slovak you were an alien, not to be accepted or trusted.

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 22:24

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Anti-immigration Sweden Democrats country's largest party - poll

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats are the country's largest party with 25 percent support, an opinion poll from YouGov showed on Thursday.

In last year's election, the Sweden Democrats more than doubled their support and won 13 percent of the vote, becoming the third largest party, on an agenda to cut the number of asylum seekers coming to Sweden by 90 percent.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 23:24

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