Auschwitz survivor sets up anti-Semitism commission. Now she needs police protection

(CNN)An 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor is now under police protection after receiving online and offline anti-Semitic threats in Italy, according to local reports. “The anti-Semitic insults come from far-right circles that have a past, and sometimes present, of violence. It’s part of their radical rightwing code, this pugnacious attitude.” He added that this flood of attacks has led to an increase in tensions — online and offline. The decision to assign Segre a security detail — two Carabinieri police force officers — came after far-right Forza Nuova party members put up a banner in Milan on Tuesday near where Segre was speaking for an event, according to ANSA news agency and Corriere della Sera media outlet. The motion for the Segre …

30 Before & After Pics Showing How Europe Has Changed Over Time By Re.Photos

Head over to our site for an interactive version of each image and many, many more! #5 Captured German Soldiers At Juno Beach Captured German Soldiers at Juno Beach shortly before their deportation to England. In the background, the villa “Denise et Roger” can be seen. It is one of the most famous places in the time of D-Day. 1994, June 6th. 0 reply #9 Notre-Dame (Liberation Of Paris) Priest 105mm self-propelled guns of the French 2nd Armoured Division in front of Notre Dame in Paris, 26 August 1944. Photo of the Imperial War Museum (IWM). #10 Rentforter Straße Destroyed tram and houses in the Rentforterstrasse in Gladbeck, end of the Second World War. The house with the gabled facade …

84-year-old man arrested after two seriously hurt in French mosque attack

Paris, France (CNN)An 84-year-old man has been arrested after shots were fired near a mosque in south-western France, officials said. “I can assure you that nothing throughout his path would’ve suggested that he was crazy,” Bardella added on BFM TV. “He was dismissed in 2015 after the regional elections for which he was a candidate,” Bardella said, adding the man was “obviously not a part of the movement anymore.” The injured men were being treated in hospital, according to the police statement. Police said the suspect set fire to a car before fleeing the scene. He was later arrested at his home in Les Landes, north of Bayonne. French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned “the heinous attack.” “My thoughts are …

Chinas growing digital influence in Africa

There’s been a heap of China in Africa coverage over the last decade, but very little of it is focused on tech. In part, because the country’s engagement with African startups is light compared to its deal-making on infrastructure and commodities. Now, that all looks to be shifting. TechCrunch has tracked moves by a number of Chinese actors in Africa’s tech sector over the past year. This could signal the next chapter in China’s influence in Africa — one more digital than bricks and mortar. Primer on China in Africa To the former, the government of China has designated Africa a strategic priority in its foreign relations and has pursued policies and programs accordingly. Original Article : HERE ; The …

Richard Gere and Matteo Salvini clash over migrant crisis

Row follows US actor urging Italian government to stop demonising asylum seekers Italys far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, has clashed with Richard Gere over the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, suggesting the Hollywood star should house himself those stranded on rescue ships after the US actor urged the Italian government to stop demonising asylum seekers. Gere who is currently on the island of Lampedusa, Sicily, after a visit onboard Italy without permission could face fines of up to 50,000 (47,000). The new bill, which has been described by aid groups as a declaration of war against the NGOs who are saving lives at sea, aims to put an end to aid groups rescue missions in the central Mediterranean. Meanwhile, …

World weatherwatch: Europe’s heatwave shatters national temperature records

Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands surpassed previous maximum highs Only weeks since Europe last endured record-breaking heat, another plume of intense hot air pushed up from north Africa breaking yet more records. High pressure centred over north-east Europe and low pressure in the Atlantic allowed exceptionally hot conditions to develop across western Europe. On Thursday 25 July, Germany recorded its highest ever temperature of 42.6C in Lingen, exceeding the previous record by an astonishing 2.3C. A number of other countries also set national temperature records, with 41.8C recorded in Belgium and 40.8C in Luxembourg. A 75-year-old record was also smashed in the Netherlands, with 40.7C recorded at Gilze-Rijen in the south of the country. Meanwhile, Arctic wildfires have been …

Russia starts delivery of S-400 missile system to Turkey, setting up standoff with US

(CNN)The first shipment of the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system has landed in Ankara, in a move that sets up a potential showdown between Turkey and the United States. Turkey’s decision to purchase the equipment solidifies ties that have been developed between Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and is just the latest setback to US-Turkish relations which have seen the two NATO allies at odds over issues such as Syria. The US has long warned that Turkey risked being blocked from receiving the advanced F-35 stealth jet due to Ankara’s insistence on acquiring the Russian missiles — a system US officials fear could be used to analyze and collect intelligence on the F-35. A …

Germany says it will stand in ‘full solidarity’ with Ireland over Brexit

German president echoes Angela Merkel in saying the backstop will not be revisited Germany will stand fully in solidarity with Ireland over Brexit, the countrys president has said, and look to underpin rather than undermine the peace process that has kept the border with Northern Ireland invisible in the past 20 years Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Irelands president, Michael Higgins, on a visit to Berlin that Germany stands firmly by Irelands side, raising questions about Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnsons optimism that the Irish border backstop can be revisited. Politically and economically, Ireland is more directly affected by Brexit than any other EU member state. For this reason, too, your country has our full solidarity. We have reiterated this pledge in …

Edi Rama, Albania’s unconventional PM who wants to escape the ‘curse of history’

The artist and ex-basketball player faces an uphill battle to put Albania on the path to EU membership Albanias prime minister, Edi Rama, wants to be the man who puts his country on the path to European Union membership, but he is facing two major problems. In Europe, enlargement-fatigued leaders are playing hardball, wary of accepting new potential members at a time of rising populist and Euro-pessimist sentiment, while at home Rama is facing weekly demonstrations against his rule, from an opposition that is also pro-EU but accuses his government of corruption and links to organised crime, and is demanding early elections. In an interview at his office in central Tirana last week, Rama said that for Albania, joining the …

Europe’s populist nightmare won’t end with Brexit

London (CNN)The UK’s failure to leave the European Union has created an almighty headache in Brussels. In 2014, Nigel Farage’s anti-EU UKIP came first place in the UK’s European elections. This put euroskeptic pressure on the then Prime Minister David Cameron, and ultimately forced him to call for the Brexit referendum. And we all know what happened next. In 2019, Farage’s new Brexit Party has an even easier job. Brexit betrayal is a powerful message, and Farage is once again expected to finish first. Euroskeptic parties won’t do well only in Britain. The most recent polling from Europe Elects predicts that these parties could win up to 35% of seats in the European Parliament. Previously, euroskeptics have failed to coordinate …