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Jobbik mayor accused of forcing out poor Roma tenants in Ózd

With a “scandalous housing regulation”, the far-right Jobbik mayor of Ózd, in north-east Hungary, is forcing poor people – many of them Roma – out of their homes, the Dialogue for Hungary (PM) party said. Bence Tordai, PM’s spokesman, told a news conference that “the chief intent” of Dávid Janiczak, the town’s mayor, “is to discipline poor people and especially Roma whether they deserve it or not.” He insisted that a change to the local housing regulation now makes it easier for the local authority to evict tenants that it regards as undesirable, as well as to choose new ones.

Tordai said there are around 1,000 local council properties in Ózd. He insisted the mayor had told him that these tenants would be gradually replaced. Janiczak said last weekend that the new housing regulations had nothing to do with eviction and did not contain stricter related measures.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:40

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Far right set to enter government coalition in Finland

Finland’s government is expected to include far right representation after the new prime minister, Centre party leader Juha Sipilä, confirmed that he was opening negotiations to bring the populist Finns party (PS) into coalition for the first time. The PS’s charismatic leader, Timo Soini, is poised to become a minister, probably with the finance or foreign affairs portfolio, after the party finished second in the general election on 19 April.

Sipilä said it was the “best option” to meet the challenges facing the country, notably the economy. He said he wanted a strong coalition capable “of making reforms and implementing those decisions”. The third partner in the coalition will be the conservative National Coalition party, led by outgoing premier Alexander Stubb. The coalition will have a comfortable majority, with 123 seats out of 200.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:33

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Vandals target French Jewish cemetery, Vienna’s Freud museum

Vienna’s Sigmund Freud Museum, a Jewish French cemetery and a Polish watchdog on anti-Semitism all were hit by vandalism in recent days.

In France on Sunday night at least six tombstones were smashed at a Jewish cemetery in Lille, northern France’s largest city, according to a report sent out Thursday by France’s National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. Vandals also poured paint on the gravestones.

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Greek town demands Star of David removed from Holocaust memorial

Jewish groups reported that authorities in the Greek port of Kavala want the Star of David to be removed from a Holocaust memorial or they will not permit its display.

The American Jewish Committee said Friday that its partner body in Greece, the Central Board of Jewish Communities, reported that municipal authorities had canceled a May 17 ceremony unveiling the memorial.

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Marine Le Pen's Closest Advisor Comes Out of the Shadows In Donetsk

On May 11, delegates from Europe’s political fringes travelled to Donetsk, the occupied ‘capital’ of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), for a forum to mark the first anniversary of the proclamation of the Russian-backed separatist entities in Ukraine. This in itself is unsurprising since far-right politicians have been used on several occasions to lend a veneer of legitimacy to Russia’s puppet statelets and sham votes since the invasion of Crimea last year.

The attendance roster for this confab included some familiar pro-Putin faces such as French far-right Member of European Parliament Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, Italian nationalist Alessandro Musolino and German neo-Nazi journalist Manuel Ochsenreiter, who moonlights as Kremlin propaganda channel RT’s German “expert” on the Middle East. But this time there was one surprising name in the bunch: Emmanuel Leroy.

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